Visegrad group leaders call for inclusion of Western Balkans into Schengen

At their meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the prime ministers of the Visegrad group called for the greater integration of the Western Balkans into the EU, namely their inclusion in the Schengen zone. The Visegrad group, comprising the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, have long advocated such a move saying that it would improve stability and security on the continent.

The leaders of the Visegrad group also discussed the course of the coronavirus pandemic in connection with the spread of the Delta mutation in Europe, climate change issues and migration. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that after the departure of NATO troops from Afghanistan Europe must prepare for the possibility of a new wave of migrants from that country.