Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group

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Series Details No. 77, August 2017
Publication Date 08/08/2017
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The Polish Institute of International Affairs is an analytical institution established by an act of Parliament in 1996 to carry out research and provide expertise in international affairs. PISM disseminates information on contemporary international issues and maintains contacts with academic and political centres in Poland and abroad. The Institute runs courses for public servants, maintains a library (open to the public; 165,000 books and journals), organises conferences, and publishes books, periodicals and documents on Polish foreign policy and international matters.

The funding for PISM comes from the budget. The director is appointed by the prime minister for a term of five years, following consultation with the minister of foreign affairs. The minister supervises the Institute and appoints its advisory council, which includes a representative of the President of the Republic of Poland, academics and officials.On 1 July 2017, Hungary took over from Poland the annual presidency of the Visegrad Group. Its motto, "V4 Connects", was meant to express both the importance of regional infrastructure development and group cohesion. Its presidency would work to facilitate more efficient use of EU digitisation and innovation programmes by V4 members. However, the presidency programme did not contain a common answer to the issue of deepening European integration. With an ongoing election campaign, Hungary might attempt to politicize its V4 cooperation.

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