Premier Victor Ponta has been on an official visit to Poland, during which he met with Polish counterpart Donald Tusk.
The Romanian Social-Democrat leader met with Tusk last year, too, when the Polish PM invited Ponta for a private visit, on the occasion of the European Football Championship. During the private visit last year, the Romanian premier visited the Museum if the former Nazi camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau and attended, along with Donald Tusk, the Poland – Czech Republic football game. Also last year, Ponta said that Tusk is a model for him, given how he handled a dispute with the Polish president over participation to the European Council.
According to sources quoted by Obiectiv.info, one of the reasons for the current visit is the Polish Premier seeking Victor Ponta’s support for becoming European Commission president next year. According to press speculations, the chance for such goal being successful are symbolical more than anything else are rather symbolic, as Victor Ponta has no reason to waver in lending his firm support to Martin Schulz for EC president.
At a joint press conference after the Ponta-Tusk meeting, a Romanian-Polish agreement was to be signed by Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and his Polish counterpart.
Following talks with Tusk, Ponta said that for Romania and Poland, identifying new sources of energy is a strategic goal leading to the energy independence and security of the two countries. ”For Romania, and Poland as well, our coordination is of essence at the level of European policies, we did it in a natural manner at the European Council meeting in Brussels, May 22, – new energy sources for Poland, Romania, Europe is a strategic objective. This man energy independence and security to our countries, which are key to the development of the two countries,” the Romanian PM said.
Ponta added that Poland is a model for Romania, with absorption of European funds and administrative reorganization being fields Romanian could learn from Poland’s experience. “We had the opportunity to discuss about two areas Romania has a great deal to learn from Poland. Firstly, absorption of European funds, an area where I believe Poland’s positive experience is an example to be followed,” Pont said.
The Polish Premier said that Romania is a good example for the way it handled the economic crisis.
The head of the Romanian Executive thanked his Polish counterpart for the cooperation with Romania over the EU multi-annual budget. “We have discussed mainly about a major experience of Poland, on administrative-territorial reorganization – Poland’s positive experiences, but mistakes, too, from which we can learn,” Ponta said.
The premier pointed out he discussed with his Polish counterpart about the political agenda, outlining their “absolutely identical” options on what should be done at European level in the coming years.
The situation in Moldova and Ukraine and the Romanian and Polish support for those countries’ European route was another topic for talks at the Tusk-Ponta meeting.
Before his visit to Poland, the premier said that the visit, and those to follow, will be focused on economic issues preponderantly. „Tomorrow <Wednesday> I will be on a visit to Poland – a strategic partner of Romania and on European level too, with which we must coordinate or economic and development policies. This is a country we have a great deal to learn from on absorption of European funds, energy and industrial policies, “Victor Ponta, said at the beginning of yesterday’s government session.
The PM also said Romania should use its energy, industrial and agricultural opportunities and should continue drawing foreign investments.
Victor Ponta will pay two more official visits next week, to Germany and Slovakia.