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Visit to Hungary of the President of the Polish Senate

GalleryStanisław Karczewski, the President of the Polish Senate, paid a two-day visit to Hungary on June 29-30, 2017 as the head of a delegation. During his visit, the President had a meeting with the Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly László Kövér. The President and the Speaker confirmed that the two countries and their two parliaments enjoy a close cooperation, share a common historical past and uphold their Christian traditions. They referred to the challenges Europe and thus the V4 countries are confronted with, i.e. issues related to Brexit and migration. They emphasized the importance of the results of the elections in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, as these results significantly influence European developments. The Hungarian Speaker gave an account of the draft programme designed on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement and the events planned during the Hungarian V4 Presidency, including the meeting of the twelve Presidents of Republic to be held in the autumn and the visit to Budapest of the President of China. The visit by the President of China is expected not just to stimulate Hungarian-Chinese political and economic relations, but to raise the profile of the entire region as well. The President and the Speaker agreed that the Hungarian-Polish cooperation must be extended to cover municipalities and the scientific communities, too. They emphasized in agreement: for our countries, the idea of a two-speed Europe is unacceptable, and the positions of the two governments concerning illegal migration are completely identical.

President of the Senate Karczewski and Speaker of the National Assembly visited important memorial sites: they laid a wreath on the Katyń memorial and on the Statue of General Bem and Hungarian-Polish solidarity. Following the parliamentary consultations between the delegations, they attended the coronation ceremony of the replica of the devotional picture depicting the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. The ceremony was held in the Saint Stephen Basilica.

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Handover of the rotating presidency of the Visegrád Group in Cracow on June 29, 2017

GalleryThe ceremony for the handover of the rotating presidency of the Visegrád Group was held in the Senators’ Chamber of the Castle of Cracow, i.e. the Wawel. Marek Kuchciński, the President of the Polish Sejm - when assessing the parliamentary cooperation during the Polish presidency - mentioned the interparliamentary summits held in the V4 as well as in broader formats, the Visegrád news portal accessible on the website of the Polish Parliament and the strategic cooperation agreement signed by the Hungarian and Polish legislatures in April 2017. László Kövér, the Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, expressed his appreciations for the successful implementation of the Programme of the Polish Presidency also focusing on interparliamentary cooperation, and emphasized that the Presidency set as one of its goals the effective advocacy of the interests of the Group. He highlighted, among other things, that in addition to cooperation in political and policy matters, the Hungarian Presidency will strive to raise increased awareness of the Visegrád Cooperation –achieving recognition and genuine brand status over the past 26 years – in but also beyond the region. The Hungarian Presidency wishes to convey strong messages concerning the fact that the Visegrád Group contributes to the stability and growth of Europe, and wishes to take an active part as a constructive partner in the most important European debates. The same complex goal is also reflected in the presidency’s motto: „V4 connects”, in the political, economic, infrastructural and societal sense of the word as well. The Parliamentary dimension of the Hungarian V4 Presidency – building on the achievements of the Polish Presidency -  wishes to continue the practice of regular consultations among the Presidents and Speakers of V4 parliaments, while also adding regular consultations among V4 parliamentary committees for foreign affairs, defence, the economy, agriculture and European Union affairs.

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Marek Kuchcinski Visits Budapest on 26 June 2017

GalleryThe Speaker of Parliament László Kövér, together with the Marshal of the Sejm of Poland Marek Kuchciński, participated in the unveiling in Budapest of an exact replica of the statue paying tribute to Henryk Slawik and József Antall Sr., erected in Warsaw outside the Hungarian Embassy in November 2016. At a working lunch following the event, Speaker Kövér and Marshal Kuchciński praised the historic, one thousand year relationship between Hungary and Poland, and discussed future opportunities for specific forms of cooperation.

 

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