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The Role of the V4 in the Future of the EU

11 May 2017 - 18:00 to 19:15

Chatham House, London


Szabolcs Takács, State Secretary for European Affairs, Hungary
Konrad Szymanski, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Poland
Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia
Jan Král, Acting State Secretary for European Affairs, Czech Republic
Chair: Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform



Following Brexit, the Visegrád Group of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (V4) may find they have a chance to contribute more prominently to shaping the future of the EU. However, with discussion of a multi-speed EU and following Brexit, potential shifts in balance within the EU may lead to unforeseen challenges for the V4.

This event will ask the European affairs ministers from each Visegrád nation to outline their hopes for the future for the EU and their wish to see the shifting state of the EU as an opportunity rather than a threat for their country. What are the V4 priorities for Article 50 negotiations and for the future UK-EU relationship? Following Brexit, what will be the key challenges for the EU and in what areas can the V4 have a stronger voice? And how can the EU reform to improve its legitimacy within and outside of Europe?

This event will be followed by a reception.