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State Secretary František Ružička Opens Visegrad 4 Expert Forum on the Future EU Multiannual Financial Framework

State Secretary František Ružička Opens Visegrad 4 Expert Forum on the Future EU Multiannual Financial Framework

31.5.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a V4

Today (31 May), State Secretary Ružička opened the Visegrad Group Expert Forum on the future European budget, at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.


In his address, he emphasized the important role of the Visegrad Group and the Friends of Cohesion group in the process of presenting and pursuing the interests of the Central European region concerning financial allocations for the future seven-year period.
“We need a future budget that is ambitious and balanced, with enough resources for both the traditional policies, such as the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, as well as the new challenges linked to migration, climate change and security,” stated State Secretary Ružička.  


Today’s meeting, led by the Slovak presidency in the Visegrad Group, contributed to a more precise coordination of positions of the Visegrad countries before the upcoming summit of leaders in Brussels (20-21 June), where the negotiations about the future multiannual framework for the years 2021 - 2027 will reach the decisive stage.


The Visegrad Group countries agreed on the common advocation of more flexible implementation rules with traditional policies, the support of increased funding for new challenges, and the need to strengthen the role of the EU as a global player. The experts did not shirk from a discussion on a new proposal concerning the protection of the EU budget in case of general shortcomings linked to the compliance with the rule of law. They further took up a discussion of the individual countries’ own resources and the revenue side of the European budget. 


A continuous and constructive cooperation among the Visegrad 4 countries and the countries of the Friends of Cohesion group can contribute, to a large extent, to achieving a high-quality, balanced and early agreement on the future multiannual financial framework for the years 2021-2017 at the level of EU27.