The Foreign Ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia met in Budapest on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 for a second meeting in the format of the five Central European countries, but the meeting was informal. The first meeting in this form was held on 16 June 2020 in Vienna.
The meeting was chaired 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 establishment of a recovery instrument to help the affected Member States, which do not have sufficient capacity to finance 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 EU Member States.
The strategic importance of the financial package for economic recovery is to help the affected Member States of the European Union, which do not have sufficient opportunities to finance Covid-19 recovery from 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 form, which took place in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, are a new form of more intensive cooperation and integration in this part of Europe.
Slovenian Minister Logar invited his colleagues to a meeting in Slovenia, which is expected to take place on 15 September 2020.