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V4: 30 YEARS IN EUROPE – PODIUM DISCUSSION
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From 1 July 2021 Hungary took over the Presidency of the Visegrad Group from Poland, on which occasion a podium discussion was held together with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in one of Stuttgart's most popular lecture halls, the Kursaal in Bad Cannstatt, on the goals, results and vision within Europe of the Visegrad cooperation.
This event took place in Stuttgart, Bad Cannstatt, Kursaal.
1027 Budapest, Bem rakpart 47.
1027 Budapest, Bem rakpart 47.
Event reportKrisztina Varju, Ministerial Commissioner of the Visegrad Presidency of Hungary, Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Marcin Król, representing the Consulate General of Poland in Munich, took part in the podium discussion. The conversation was moderated by Karoline Gil, an expert on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe from the Institute for Foreign Relations in Stuttgart (IfA). In his opening speech, Dr. András Izsák, Hungarian Consul General in Stuttgart, emphasized the common historical experience and pointed out that although the Visegrad countries look back only thirty years in this form, 700 years of close relations characterize the cooperation of the Central European countries. The Visegrad Cooperation signed in 1991, was not created against Europe, but for a common Europe. The joint event also serves the purpose of presenting the goals, activities and achievements of the V4 Group, thus nuancing and deepening the image of V4, which is still less well known in this part of Western Europe. In his welcoming speech, Dr. Stefan Hofmann, head of the Baden-Württemberg office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, stressed the importance of the conversation for deepening the other's point of view, which serves a meeting in the strict sense of the word. After the pandemic, the continent needs a “real encounter” amid the enormous geopolitical, economic and environmental challenges facing Europe. Hungarian V4 Ministerial Commissioner Krisztina Varju and Polish Consul General Marcin Król briefly outlined the major stages in the development of V4, the main results, which were supported by facts and statistics. The success of the V4 countries is that the region has now become an important European region, a major economic hub in Europe’s internal trade, and ahead of the US and China as Germany’s number one trading partner. Responding to criticism of the rule of law by Rainer Wieland Vice-President of the European Parliament, they emphasized that democratically elected governments run each member state, committed to dialogue on Europe and the future of Europe, and called for dialogue on the issues at stake as equal partners. In his closing speech, Dr. Dezső B. Szabó, director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Stuttgart, sought an answer to Europe's cultural identity, which he interpreted as a combination of diversity and unity. He emphasized that differences in certain areas of culture do not preclude unity in other areas, however, in some ideas and patterns of thought, obstacles can still be perceived that it is culture that can help to overcome. The event was closed by the V4 poster exhibition of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, the concert of the Áron Tálas Trió and a joint reception.
19:00 - 21:30
Number of participants 50
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