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  • 15 May 2017

    On the occasion of the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group, on May 9-10, the Polish Institute in Vilnius, in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Vilnius and the embassies of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, held two seminars entitled "Focus on V4. Open seminar about the cooperation of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia within the Visegrad Group "on the historical and contemporary dimension of V4 cooperation.

    The seminars took place at VMU, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (9.05) and VU, Institute of International Relations and Political Science (10.05).

    Experts from V4 countries took part in the seminars: Tomasz Żornaczuk, Head of the Central Europe Programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, introduced the genesis and the main assumptions of Visegrad cooperation and the stages of its creation. Marton Ugrosdy, deputy director for strategy at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary presented V4 cooperation in the framework of the European Union as well as foreign and security policy. Petr Piruncik from the Office of International Affairs of the Chancellery of the President of the Czech Republic spoke about interpersonal contacts, cooperation in the field of culture, science and activities of the International Visegrad Fund. Matus Misik from Comenius University in Bratislava presented economic cooperation, with particular emphasis on V4 energy policy.



    Photo:Jonas Petronis/VDU Kaunas



    Ambassador J. Czubinski, opening the seminar at the University of Vytautas Magnus in Kaunas, stressed that for Warsaw regional cooperation has become an undisputed priority, both in the framework of the Visegrad Group and, more broadly, of other Central and Eastern European countries, including the Baltic States.

    Ambassador Czubinski pointed out the intensity of meetings at the highest levels in the framework of the V4, in the run-up to the end of the Polish Presidency, which translates into concrete results, both in the form of common positions on EU agenda issues as well as the form of specific V4 projects, including within the framework of the International Visegrad Fund.

    At Vilnius University, the seminar was opened by the deputy ambassador M. Ślebioda, who recalled that late President Lech Kaczynski was an active promoter of regional cooperation in Central Europe,  and his intellectual legacy has been developed by Warsaw today.

    Zoltan Jancsi, Hungarian Ambassador to Lithuania, and Bohumil Mazánek, Czech Ambassador to Lithuania, as well as Deputy Ambassador of Slovakia to Latvia Daniel Orszag also took part in these events.

    From July 2017, Hungary will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group.



    Photo:Jonas Petronis/VDU Kaunas



    The seminar at both universities was accompanied by a board exhibition "From Visegrad to Visegrad" in Kaunas and "25 Years of the V4" in Vilnius.

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