Fico to hand over presidency of the Visigrad Four to Topolánek

At a meeting of the prime ministers of Visegrad Four (V4) countries and Portugal in Bratislava on June 18, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico will officially pass the group’s presidency on to his Czech counterpart Mirek Topolánek.

Fico is also scheduled to meet Topolánek for bilateral talks before the summit itself. The main topic will be the EU's nuclear forum, which is set to be held twice a year with Slovakia and the Czech Republic being its alternating hosts.

At the V4 summit, Fico, Topolánek, and the V4's other two prime ministers Ferenc Gyurcsány (Hungary) and Jaroslaw Kaczynski (Poland) will deal with questions linked to the European constitution, energy security, the European Monetary Union, accession to the Schengen zone and the US’ visa regime.

The one-day summit will also feature a speech by Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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