Addressing a summit of regional leaders in Warsaw, Andrzej Duda said that Poland and its partners in the region had been less severely hit by the COVID-19 crisis than many other countries in Europe.
He cited new data by the European Union’s statistics office, the Eurostat, according to which he said member countries in Central and Eastern Europe boasted “the lowest unemployment rates in the EU.”
He added that now was “the time to get back on track” economically as well as return to interpersonal contacts and the business as usual in the region.
Duda spoke as the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary were meeting face to face at a regional summit in Warsaw on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Regional leaders meet in Warsaw on Friday. PAP/Tomasz Gzell
The four countries together form a regional cooperation platform known as the Visegrad Group (V4). Its rotating presidency will now be held by Poland.
The motto of Poland’s one-year stint at the helm of the four-nation Visegrad Group, starting July 1, is “Back on Track.”
Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info, gov.pl, prezydent.pl
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