V4, Benelux parliament chairmen discussing EU future in Slovakia25. 3. 2019
The parliaments of EU members are important in the debate on the future development of the EU, but the powers of the EP should not be weakened, Gusty Graas, the chairman of the Benelux Parliamentary Assembly, said at the meeting with the V4 countries today.
The Czech Republic was represented by Senate deputy chairman Milan Stech and the chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, Radek Vondracek, who stressed the unity of the Visegrad Four (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland).
National parliaments have an important voice in the debate about the future of the EU, Graas said.
A stronger voice of national parliaments does not mean that the EP should have less powers, Graas said. He also advocated the solidarity principle within the EU.
The host of the meeting, the chairman of the Slovak parliament Andrej Danko, mentioned the debate on the surmounting of the problem of the EP which may be separated from national parliaments and the need to solve the questions arising from Britain's departure from the EU as soon as possible.
Danko said he expected the May EP elections to bring new, dynamic leaders to head the EU.
Speaking to the journalists, Vondracek stressed the cooperation of the V4 countries.
"We represent 65 million people. We can be seen, we can be heard. We are a voice which, taken together, means something," Vondracek said.
Danko also spoke about the interests of the V4 in the debate about the future of the EU.
"There is the main ambition to introduce the V4 as a format which is interested in a greater EU dynamics and which wants to reform the EU," Danko said.
Along with parliament chairpersons from the V4 and Graas, the meeting was attended by their counterparts from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Piestany, West Slovakia, March 25 (CTK)