Visegrad Four leaders praise outgoing Czech presidency

08-06-2016 updated

Prime ministers of the Visegrad Four block met in Prague on Wednesday at the end of the Czech presidency of the grouping. A final press conference was held by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said the grouping had continued to maintain an opposition to obligatory EU immigrant quotas. He added that the grouping had pushed forward with the creation of a four country army contingent for NATO. And the Czech Prime Minister added that it would propose that the EU set aside more resources to help Ukraine cope with its internal refugees as a result of the conflict in the country. He added that it would also seek for EU farm ministers to address low milk and pork prices. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the Visegrad Four has played a significant role over the last year. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban said it had probably been the most difficult year for the V4, but it had emerged stronger as a result and played a stabilizing role. Leaders said they hoped Britain would stay in the EU following an upcoming referendum. Poland now takes over the Visegrad presidency.