The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia met in Budapest on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 for the second meeting in the format of the five Central European countries, but the meeting was informal. The first meeting in this format took place on 16 June 2020 in Vienna.
This meeting was hosted by Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. At the meeting, the foreign ministers discussed current issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The main theme was the opening of borders for third-country nationals, the setting up of a recovery instrument, with the aim of helping the affected Member States, which do not have sufficient capacity to finance the recovery through national budgets and the multiannual financial framework. They also discussed the role of state subsidies in investment and regional economic cooperation, which would restart and strengthen the economies of the EU Member States.
The strategic importance of the financial package for recovery is to help the affected Member States of the European Union, which do not have sufficient opportunities to finance the recovery after the Covid-19 through national budgets.
The foreign ministers also spoke about the role of state subsidies in investment and regional economic cooperation, which would restart and strengthen the economy.
The meetings of foreign ministers in this format, which took place in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, are a new form of more intensive cooperation and networking in this part of Europe.
Slovenia Minister Logar invited his colleagues to a meeting in Slovenia, which is scheduled for 15 September 2020./ibna