Brussels is taking a careless approach to European Union treaties, but the Visegrad Group is expected to act as the guardian of the Lisbon Treaty, the chairman of the Parliament’s European Affairs Committee said on Wednesday.
Addressing a roundtable at the 30th International Economic Forum in Karpacz, Richard Horcsik said cooperation in Central Europe was based on common interests and values. He added that it was currently a “historical necessity” to continue this cooperation, either within the V4, or within the framework of the cycle of Carpathian Europe conferences which he described as “younger brother” of the V4. The conferences organized by the Polish Sejm for 30 years focus on economic, political, cultural and local government cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe.
Among the achievements of the V4 cooperation, Horcsik highlighted the rejection of mandatory quotas for settling migrants in the EU and the fact that the V4 had become an engine of economic growth within the EU. The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that “we are able to take care of each other, not just ourselves,” he added.
Horcsik called it a common task to act against double standards in the EU and to fight “liberal and extremist ideologies” that could devastate the EU in the long run.
Tibor Navracsics, government commissioner for Hungary’s Veszprem-Balaton 2023 Cultural Capital of Europe program, called on the EU to remain open, but warned that openness would increase complexity within the bloc.
Navracsics, former EU commissioner for education, culture, youth and sports, said Montenegro and Serbia would not cause major upheavals in the EU, while Ukraine’s accession “Would change the structural unity of Europe”. The enlargement of the bloc to the east will raise the question of how Europe can remain a cultural unit, he said at a roundtable entitled “Should Europe be open or closed to the ‘to come up ?
The series of enlargements have so far enriched Europe, Navracsics said. At the same time, the bloc must bridge significant cultural divides between East and West, and between North and South, chasms that rob the bloc of its power to act, he said. . The solution, however, is to create a true cultural community rather than domination and pressure on other cultures, he said.
The three-day forum kicked off on Tuesday and attracted some 3,000 guests. Speakers include Prime Ministers Janez Jansa of Slovenia, Denys Shmyhal of Ukraine and Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland. Hungary was represented by Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and other dignitaries.