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The Visegrád group is a key player in the cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries

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Poland, Warsaw – On April 12, Foreign Ministers of the V4, alongside with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, met with their counterparts of the Eastern Partnership.

The talks was about the Chinese new Silk Road project, ways of making it a part of cooperation between the EU – especially the V4 – and the Eastern Partnership – Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Representatives form others countries were attending the meeting too : Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.

As Poland is currently leading the V4, her Foreign Affairs Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, talked in the name of the Visegrad group: the Eastern Parternship is a priority for the V4. He added that this meeting was a part of the preparation for an Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Brussels in November 2017.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said: “We would like the Eastern Partnership to bring the Eastern Partnership countries closer to the European Union, and at the same time to significantly increase the quality of life in these countries. So we want the Partnership program to accelerate, to be more comprehensive and to involve people and their standard of living.”

Foreign Affairs Minister of Estonia, Sven Mikser, said that Estonia will seek to strengthen cooperation, trade and contacts between the EU and the Eastern Partnership, as Estonia will take the presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2017.