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Hungary will hold the Presidency of the Visegrád Group between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, assuming the presidency from Poland. In the upcoming year, we will face a number of significant events and challenges that will demonstrate the critical importance of regional cooperation.
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During the Presidency During the Presidency

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Official Meeting of Presidents and Speakers in Budapest on March 1-2, 2018

The official meeting of Speakers/Presidents of the Visegrád Group Parliaments took place on 2nd March 2018 in Budapest. 

Informal Meeting of the Presidents and Speakers of V4 Parliaments, December 1st, 2017

Budapest was the venue for the first Meeting of the Presidents and Speakers of V4 Parliaments during the Hungarian V4 Presidency. At the invitation of László Kövér...

Informal Meeting of Presidents and Speakers, closing of the Hungarian V4 Presidency on 21-22 June, 2018

Informal Meeting of Presidents and Speakers, closing of the Hungarian V4 Presidency on June 21-22, 2018.

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Meeting of the V4 Parliaments’ Defence Committees on 21-22nd February 2018

Representatives of the V4 Parliaments’ Defence Committees convened in Budapest on 21-22nd February 2018 under the auspices of the parliamentary dimension of the V4 Hungarian Presidency.

Meeting of the V4 Parliaments’ Agriculture Committees 14-15th February 2018

Representatives of the V4 Parliaments’ Agricultural Committees convened in Budapest on 14-15th February 2018.

Meeting of the V4 Parliaments’ Economics Committees 7-8th February 2018.

Representatives of the V4 Parliaments’ Economics Committees convened in Budapest on 7-8th February 2018.
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Workshop on the future of the European Union - Values in Budapest on 22-23 February 2018

Workshop on the future of the European Union - Values in Budapest on 22-23 February 2018

Meeting of the Defence Committees in Budapest on February 21th-22th, 2018

Meeting of the Defence Committees in Budapest on February 21th-22th, 2018.

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Meeting of the Agricultural Committees in Budapest on February 14th-15th, 2018

Meeting of the Agricultural Committees in Budapest on February 14th-15th, 2018.

Meeting of the Economic Committees in Budapest on February 7th-8th, 2018

Meeting of the Economic Committees in Budapest on February 7th-8th, 2018.

Meeting of the Social Welfare Committees in Budapest on December 20th-21st, 2017

Meeting of the Social Welfare Committees in Budapest on December 20th-21st, 2017.
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The Official Meeting of the Presidents and Speakers of V4 ParliamentsV4 Parliamentary Speakers

Marek Kuchciński, Marshal of the Sejm of Poland, and Stanisław Karczewski, Marshal of the Senate of Poland, hosted the presidents and speakers of V4 parliaments for an official meeting in Warsaw on 6-7 March 2017. In addition to the two hosts and Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary László Kövér, Andrej Danko, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic; Jan Hamáček, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic; and Milan Štěch, President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic also participated in the meeting.  Following the event, the Hungarian Speaker also held bilateral talks with his Polish colleagues.

The Speaker of Parliament László Kövér Participates in Working Meeting of V4 Speakers

The Marshal of the Sejm of Poland Marek Kuchciński and the Marshal of the Senate of Poland Stanisław Karczewski convened a working meeting of V4 speakers of Parliament in Przemyśl on 3-4 December 2016. In addition to the hosts and Speaker Kövér, the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko, the President of the Czech Senate Milan Štěch and the Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Jaroslava Pokorná Jermanová also attended the meeting.

The agenda of the event included discussions concerning visions for the future of the European Union, including strengthening the roles national parliaments play, as well as practical proposals aimed at bolstering the recognition of V4 cooperation.

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Meeting of the European Affairs Committees of the Visegrád Countries

Ľuboš Blaha, Chair of the Committee on European Affairs of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, hosted the European affairs committees of the V4 for a meeting in Bratislava on 21-23 May 2017. Chair Richárd Hörcsik, Vice Chairs Zoltán Tessely and Tibor Bana, along with senior advisor László Juhász, represented the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament.

The agenda of the meeting included three topics: the dual quality of foodstuffs, the future of the European Union and a discussion of the agenda items of the upcoming, 57th (LVII) COSAC (Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs) meeting.

Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committees of V4 Country Parliaments

Chair Zsolt Németh, Vice Chair Zsolt Csenger-Zalán and Árpád Velez represented the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament at the meeting held in Warsaw on 27-28 February 2017.

The agenda of the meeting featured discussions of the impacts of the European Union, the United States and Russia, as well as the presidency of Donald Trump, on Eastern policy; European security challenges; and questions related to the southern neighbourhood, migration, terrorism, the conflict in Syria and relations with Turkey.

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Official Visit to Hungary by Milan Štěch, President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Milan Štěch, President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, paid an official visit to Hungary on 20-21 April 2017 at the invitation of Speaker of Parliament László Kövér.

Meeting of Speaker of Parliament László Kövér with Speaker of the National Council of Slovakia Andrej Danko

The Speaker of Parliament László Kövér held an informal meeting with Andrej Danko, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, on 12 April 2017 in Esztergom. During their meeting, the two speakers reviewed inter-parliamentary relations and current topics in V4 cooperation. 

Marshal of the Polish Sejm Marek Kuchciński Visits Budapest on the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956

Marek Kuchciński, Marshal of the Polish Sejm, visited Hungary on 24-25 October 2016 and participated in events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution and freedom fight of 1956.

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I. Speaker-level meetings

  • Informal Meetings of Presidents and Speakers of Parliament
  • Official Meeting of Presidents and Speakers of Parliament

 II. Committee-level meetings

  • Meeting of European Affairs Committees
  • Meeting of Foreign Affairs Committees
  • Meeting of Social Welfare Committees
  • Meeting of Economic Committees
  • Meeting of Agricultural Committees
  • Meeting of Defence Committees

III. Professional staff and expert-level programmes

  • Expert conferences
  • Professional Parliamentary Fellowship Programme for V4 parliamentary staff
  • Seminar on the activities of parliamentary research services
  • Professional Programme of the Library of the National Assembly