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Europe can only preserve its role and weight in the world if cooperation within the European Union is made more effective in the future, Speaker of Parliament László Kövér said in Piešťany (Pöstyén), in western Slovakia.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Visegrad Group and Benelux counterparts, Kövér said the EU faced a number of obstacles to improving the effectiveness of cooperation among its member states, adding that there were many disagreements on how to overcome this challenge. He said one possible solution was for EU institutions to “take a more modest approach” to their dealings with member states, emphasising the importance of dialogue.

Slovak House Speaker Andrej Danko said the EU should not be “scared of the V4”, as the grouping was only looking to implement reforms in the bloc. Czech Parliamentary Speaker Radek Vondráček said the meeting was another testament to the strength and raison d’être of the V4. Marek Kuchciński, speaker of the Polish Sejm, said the EU must find a solution to the “crisis of its civilizational values”.

Gusty Graas, speaker of the Benelux parliament, said the stronger the EU was, the stronger its member states could be, adding that this was the reason why a strong European institutional system was needed.