The prime ministers of the Visegrad group (V4), namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, spoke on Tuesday with European Council President Charles Michel about European Union (EU) funds allocated to their respective countries, according to Czech Government Office.
The group discussed the EU Reconstruction Fund and the Multiannual Financial Framework, stressing the necessity to clarify the conditions of loans distributed by the European Commission (EC), said the Government Office in a release.
“The Prime Ministers of the V4 identified the allocation criteria as an absolutely key issue. All Member States are facing a major economic downturn, so the distribution of funds should not disadvantage countries that have managed the pandemic well,” said the release.
The Czech Republic is expected to receive nearly 20 billion euros (22.4 billion U.S. dollars) from an extraordinary EC fund meant to prop up the economies of the EU members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to local media reports.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis criticized certain factors in determining the distribution of these funds, for example, unemployment, which the Czech Republic has had at a markedly low level for several years.
“I do not agree with the criterion of the unemployment rate in 2015-2019, for example, because it is not related to the problems caused by the coronavirus crisis,” said Babis.