Europe

Central, Eastern Europe ministers meet on EU future ties

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group from Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak, from Hungary Peter Szijjarto, Poland Witold Waszcykowski and from Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek pose for media during a welcome ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group from Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak, from Hungary Peter Szijjarto, Poland Witold Waszcykowski and from Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek pose for media during a welcome ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Foreign ministers from Central and Eastern Europe are meeting in Warsaw to discuss the future of the European Union's ties with its eastern neighbors and prospects for the bloc's enlargement.

Wednesday's meeting brings together ministers from the EU's so-called Visegrad Group — Poland, Hungary, The Czech Republic and Slovakia — and six other nations aspiring to join the club. The EU commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement, Johannes Hahn, and foreign ministers from EU members Croatia, Sweden, Estonia and Romania also attended.

Poland, which currently leads the Visegrad Group, is a strong advocate of expanding the EU's membership as a step toward greater European stability.

The EU has put its expansion on the backburner since the financial crisis and recent problems like the impending departure of Britain.