The Visegrád countries have a vested interest in a strong, economically stable European Union, and feel responsibility for improving the community’s competitiveness to promote sustainable growth, the head of the Hungarian parliament’s economic committee said on Thursday.
The Visegrád countries should promote job creation and equal access to digital technology and qualified labour, Erik Bánki said on the sidelines of a meeting of the respective Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak committees in Budapest.
The Visegrád countries should effectively represent their interests within the European Union, he said, adding that Hungary, which holds the rotating presidency of the group, seeks to deepen V4 cooperation.
The participants signed a joint statement concerning, among others, the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive and the next EU budget period. The document calls for special attention to be paid to workers in the freight forwarding sector which has been removed from the revision and states that such workers are mobile employees and not employees posted abroad.
Concerning the next seven-year budget period, the participants said that even if security, protection and challenges posed by migration demand resolute responses from the EU, these tasks should not distract attention from such important areas as the transformation of industry and digitalisation.
The statement welcomes the Bulgarian presidency’s priority handling of cohesion funds and the common agrarian policy as key areas after 2020.
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