Josef hírek

2011.10.16. 12:14

V4 poised to become engine of European economy, says Orban

Prague, October 14 (MTI) - Visegrad Four countries have the potential to thrive once the crisis is over and to become a driving force of the European economy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Prague on Friday.

Prague, October 14 (MTI) - Visegrad Four countries have the potential to thrive once the crisis is over and to become a driving force of the European economy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Prague on Friday.

"The three crucial conditions are given: political stability, economic growth and a commitment to enlarge the European Union," Orban said after meeting his V4 (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) counterparts.

 

Orban said every crisis ended at some point and it was now time to prepare for the post-crisis period. He said the V4 countries were working seamlessly and had contributed to strengthening the EU.

 

The meeting was not attended by Slovakia s Iveta Radicova due to recent political developments in her country. The Slovak ambassador to the Czech Republic attended on Slovakia s behalf.

 

The three prime ministers discussed current European issues, such as the euro-zone crisis, energy security, the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership programme.

 

Necas said the premiers had focused on the EU s 2014-2020 financial framework and related issues.

 

"In this respect we maintain strong cooperation," Necas said, adding that the EU integration of the Western Balkans would be dealt with in more detail at a November 4 summit in Prague.

 

"The Czech Republic has an interest in seeing the euro zone survive, but the Czech government will not set a date for adopting the euro," Necas said, adding that one reason for this is that the Czech Republic failed to meet Maastrict criteria, while the other is that "the euro-zone project is changing" and Prague will wait to see what becomes of it.

 

Orban said the Hungarian standpoint was similar, and that the euro s introduction was not currently on the government s agenda.

 

"It is of common interest to the Visegrad Four that the EU should be enlarged to include Western Balkan countries," the Czech leader told MTI. He said that while a war had been going on in the Western Balkan region 15 years ago, "the extension of a security zone is in the interest of Europe."

 

On the subject of enlargement, Orban told MTI he trusted that recent problems, such as those surrounding Serbia s restitution laws, would be resolved. "But we will not cede an inch of European values," he added.

 

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