Visegrad Four summit in Prague
Over the weekend, leading representatives of the governments of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary met in Prague to discuss common concerns regarding the European Union, and to sign a declaration on the opening of labour markets. With the second anniversary of EU entry coming up in May, leaders of the Visegrad Four want the original restrictions on labour movement lifted, or at least eased.
"The growing role of national parliaments may be a way to make this democratic deficit less painful. Whether the growing role of national parliaments will indeed be a remedy to democratic deficit in the European Union I do not know, and I would not risk any definite thesis on that point."
It's clear that the EU's direction is an open question after the rejection of the EU Constitution, and regional structures like the Visegrad Four could find more room for expressing their own interests.