V4 countries adopt statement supporting national sovereignty


The Visegrad Four countries — Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia — adopted a statement during their summit in Warsaw yesterday that calls for greater national sovereignty for nations, while staying committed to the European Union.

The V4 leaders discuss the document yesterday in Warsaw. (Photo: Prime Ministerʼs Press Office / Szecsődi Balázs)

In the statement, the bloc calls for a strengthening of democratic control over the legislative and political processes of the EU at a national level, while also expressing its commitment to the Union and the principle of unity and the single market, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. 

In a summary posted on kormany.hu, the official website of the Hungarian government, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that Hungary “fully and wholeheartedly supports the document”. He also said at a press conference after the meeting that the document “enjoys Hungary’s support 100%”.

In the Hungarian PM’s view “everything is in flux”, because a new world order is coming into being, and at times like this everyone has an obligation to establish their place in the new order, according to kormany.hu. Orbán has often talked about a “new era” and “a new world order”, however he has not clarified so far what he means by these terms exactly.

Answering a question, Orbán said that there is a debate in the EU regarding the future of continental Europe, and in this respect there are two tasks before us: we must set goals for ourselves, and we must decide how to organize our shared life within the EU, kormany.hu said.

In another criticism of the EU, which has supported Hungary’s development with thousands of billions of euros in the past decade, Orbán talked about a progressive “creeping withdrawal of powers” from the nation states, which he believes is a “bad development”, and “must be stopped”. “We must not surrender important powers such as the regulation of energy prices, the regulation of migration, independent tax regimes and job creation policy measures,” the Hungarian leader was quoted as saying by kormany.hu.

The largely Euroskeptical V4 bloc has been openly critical of many EU measures. The adoption of this latest statement seems to be another step toward putting it opposition at an official level.


Companies Borrow HUF 256 bln in October Banking

Companies Borrow HUF 256 bln in October

MPs Approve Tax Changes Parliament

MPs Approve Tax Changes

Mahart Container Center Depot Opening at Budapest Airport Transport

Mahart Container Center Depot Opening at Budapest Airport

Countries Exchange Experiences for Better Production of Catt... Conferences

Countries Exchange Experiences for Better Production of Catt...


Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.