WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Slovakia’s president on Monday urged Central Europe to continue to pursue EU goals, while deploring the fact that the region will have no representative among the EU’s top leaders.
Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova spoke Monday during a visit to Warsaw, where she met Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for talks on challenges facing the EU, on security and relations with Russia, as well as regional matters.
Caputova said it was “not a good result” that none of the EU leaders in the new term will come from the Visegrad Group, or V4, that is comprised of Poland, Slovakia, The Czech Republic and Hungary. The group has been critical of many EU actions, including on accepting migrants. It stymied the candidacy of socialist Frans Timmermans to be the new head of the EU Commission.
Caputova urged better European integration for the Visegrad Group and the pursuit of joint European goals. She said Slovakia’s integration with its EU partners is the closest among the V4 nations, adding that she hopes Slovakia’s Maros Sefcovic will remain in his post as EU energy commissioner.