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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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Meeting of the Committees on European Affairs of the Visegrád Group (V4 countries)

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The meeting of the Committees on European Affairs, the opening event of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Hungarian V4 presidency was held in Sárospatak between 24-26 September 2017.

The meeting was hosted by Richárd Hörcsik Dr., Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the National Assembly.

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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.

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.

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Visit to Hungary of the President of the Polish Senate

Stanisław 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.

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

The 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.

Marek Kuchcinski Visits Budapest on 26 June 2017

The 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.

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