Cooperation in the Visegrad Group is setting an example in sustainability that the European Union should follow, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the Planet Budapest 2021 sustainability expo and world conference on Tuesday.
Duda said cooperation in regional partnership enabled the participants to successfully cope with current challenges. “Effective efforts for sustainable development made by the V4 countries also inspire others to improve quality of life in society,” he added. Duda said he was pleased to see that the V4 countries were on a common platform with ever greater frequency as regards the most important topics. “As the Visegrad Group is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, there is clear evidence that the V4 is the fastest developing region in the EU, narrowing the gap economically as well as giving impetus to growth and helping European developments return to the right path,” he added.
Also, in a video message sent to the same event, Slovak counterpart Zuzana Čaputová talked about the importance of global action. Čaputová said the pandemic was also a reminder of how ecosystems were interlinked and “our actions can upset natural equilibria”.
“We are only one month past the Glasgow climate summit and we must maintain pressure and make efforts to reduce our global climate footprint,” she said. “Sustainable development requires global action, which also applies to the largest emitters,” she added. Čaputová said the planet and democracy must be protected to ensure long-term sustainable development.