Markéta Pekarová Adamová – Speaker of the House of Representatives: Support for Ukraine, Moldova and EU enlargement in the Western Balkans are fundamental pillars of the security of the Danube

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, took part in the 9th international conference of heads of parliaments of the countries of the Danube Region in Vienna. The main topic of the meeting was regional security. According to the Speaker of the Chamber, the participants can contribute to this in particular by supporting Ukraine, Moldova, and the policy of gradual enlargement of the EU to the countries of the Western Balkans.

Another topic discussed was the connection between education and the effective defense of democratic values and institutions.

“The security of the Danube will depend on the development of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Moldova also fears a similar development as there. It is therefore necessary to prevent the Russian aggressor in his imperialist efforts through the coordinated action of the international community.

The best way to achieve this is to persevere in supporting both tested countries and at the same time work on the gradual expansion of the European Union to the states of the Western Balkans,” said the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, during the joint meeting.

In addition to the key issue of regional security, the international conference in the Austrian capital was also focused on the topic of education in connection with democratic governance, the effective defense of the institutions of the modern rule of law, and liberal values.

“The Russian-led disinformation campaigns have been threatening the internal cohesion of the Danubian states for a long time. Therefore, it is necessary to further strengthen our resilience and keep in mind the diversity of threats we face. I am convinced that the EU’s military and civilian missions aimed at solving hybrid threats are, in this regard, very effective tools for our active support of countries such as Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina,” added the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Markéta Pekarová Adamová.

Part of the European Union’s Strategy for the Danube River is EU member and non-member states whose territories extend into the Danube River basin. Austria currently chairs the group.