Polish President Andrzej Duda, right, and Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova, left, attend a military welcome ceremony at the presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 15, 2019. Caputova is staying for an official visit in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Slovakian president urges region to pursue EU goals

July 15, 2019 - 4:35 am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Slovakia's president says central European nations should be following European Union goals and deplored the fact that the region will have no representative among the EU's top leaders.

Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova spoke Monday in Warsaw where she was on a visit, meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Caputova said it was "not a good result" that none of the EU leaders in the new term will come from the Visegrad Group that includes Poland, Slovakia, The Czech Republic and Hungary. The group has been critical of many EU actions, including on immigration.

Caputova urged better European integration for the Visegrad Group and the pursuit of joint European goals.

She said she hopes Slovakia's Maros Sefcovic will remain in his post as EU energy commissioner.

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