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Polish PM wants common front by Visegrad Group

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Paweł Kononczuk 08.02.2016 16:54
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said on Monday after meeting her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban that she wants the Visegrad Group to present a common front on issues such as migration.
PM Beata Szydło and Viktor Orban in Budapest. Photo: PAP/Radek PietruszkaPM Beata Szydło and Viktor Orban in Budapest. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

Among the issues discussed by Szydło in Budapest was Britain’s future in the European Union. London has demanded curbs on benefits for migrant workers from EU countries.

Asked at a joint press conference with Orban what still needed to be hammered out in order for the Visegrad Group – which groups Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – to agree a joint stance, Szydło said that talks were still underway.

She said she and Orban "agreed that, when it comes to issues concerning (...) the so-called Brexit, the issue concerning benefits and social assistance is difficult for us to accept.

"We also want to clearly stress that if there’s talk about a possible attempt to change, to expand proposals that have been put forward regarding the British issue, we will not agree to it."

Last week, European Council President Donald Tusk published a draft EU renegotiation plan for Britain.

Szydło said that the final position of the Visegrad Group would be known next week after a meeting of the four countries scheduled for 15 February in Prague.

An EU summit is to be held three days later.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said that cooperation with Visegrad Group countries will be a priority for Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) government, formed after the party won general elections in October. (pk)

Source: PAP

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