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Meeting of the European Affairs Committees of the Visegrád Countries

The European affairs committees of the V4 countries met in the Czech town of Velehrad on 2-4 October 2016 at the invitation of Ondřej Benešík, Chair of the European Affairs Committee in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. The European Affairs Committee of the Parliament was represented at the event by Chair Richárd Hörcsik, Vice Chair Tibor Bana and senior advisor László Juhász.  Member of the European Parliament Martina Dlabajová (ALDE, Czech Republic) also participated.

The agenda of the meeting included discussions of the possible impact of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom on the Visegrád countries, migration targeting the European Union as well as a package of proposals related to the review of the Common European Asylum System.

 Regarding the first item, the parties agreed that the awareness of European citizens must be raised as far as the main achievements of European integration are concerned, and that following Brexit, the rights of EU citizens working in the United Kingdom must be protected. In connection with the Brexit negotiations, the parties emphasised the importance of the V4 taking a united stance and broadening the role that the national parliaments of the member states play in EU decision making.

In the second half of the meeting, dealing with migration, the parties spoke appreciatively of the close and efficient cooperation forged between V4 ministries of interior. They reaffirmed their united position related to the migration crisis and the importance of a consistent position in defence of the Schengen borders.

Participants concluded the meeting by adopting a closing declaration.