Developments between Croatia and the Visegrad Four Group.

Developments between Croatia and the Visegrad Four Group.

Developments between Croatia and the Visegrad Four Group.

The V4 will form a joint army group that will become operational in the second half of 2019.

Croatia, while not a member of the V4 group, offered to join this initiative and the offer was accepted by the V4.

By Stjepko Vladić

The Visegrad Four countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) will form a joint European army group that will become operational in the second half of 2019, Hungarian Defense Minister Tibor Benko told Hungarian media after a meeting with his V4 counterparts in the High Tatras.

Benko said the Hungarian government considers paramount the safety of Europe, a position shared by all the members of the Visegrád Group. He also said Croatia – not a member of the group – has offered to join the initiative and the offer was accepted by the V4, says Origo.hu.

Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic signed an entry on Tuesday on the accession of the joint European army group with V4.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Croatia and the Armed Forces. I am convinced that Croatia will contribute its resources to the achievement and goals of the Group, especially in the region of Central Europe”, said Minister Krsticevic.

Croatia will participate in this group with a dozen staff officers.

Minister Krsticevic spoke at the margins of the meeting with Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and his visit to Croatia was agreed, the Defense Ministry said.

On 17 November, it was announced that Hungary will no longer block Croatia’s entry into the Organization for European Co-operation and Development (OECD), and thus the Slovenian blockade will remain the only obstacle to entry into that organization. The arrival of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was announced in an official visit to Croatia in early December.

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