Visegrad Group Leaders and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

Petr Dubinsky

V4 Leaders Meet In Prague To Discuss Energy, Migration and EU

The Visegrad Group (V4 – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary) gathered in Prague today to discuss energy, migration, trade, and the EU.

The parties confirmed their agreement on the issue of migration at the Summit in Prague. Still, they fundamentally differ in their view of Europe’s energy future. 

Austria is opposed to nuclear power and refuses to channel EU money towards coal-dependent regions. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, on the other hand, want to increase the use of nuclear in their energy mix. 

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš also used the summit for a bilateral meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and identified the main problem of relations as the missing highway connection.

The Prime Ministers of V4 and Austria also discussed migration in the morning, Babiš said they all agree that quotas for the redistribution of migrants are not the solution. The leaders also touched on the EU’s multi-annual financial framework for 2021-2027, trade relations, the future of the EU, and its enlargement.