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May 9, 2021

Romania and Poland back Eastern Partnership

The Polish Embassy and the Romanian Centre for European Policies organized yesterday in Bucharest the seminar titled “Role of Poland and Romania in the Implementation of the Conclusions of the Second Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw”.

The seminar was attended by Polish Ambassador Marek Szczygiel, State Secretary with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu, Director of Eastern Department in the Polish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Artur Michalski, and Washington Post journalist and columnist Anne Applebaum, present in Romania to promote her book “Gulag.”

“It is important to know that the situation in those six countries from the Eastern Partnership has direct impact on our political and economic interests,” the Polish Ambassador said, adding that Romania is an indispensable partner and participant of the Eastern Partnership and the European Neighborhood Policy.

Secretary of State Bogdan Aurescu stated in his turn that Romania, as an EU border state, has “a natural interest in supporting the Union’s elaborate involvement in the Eastern neighborhood,” the goal being to create a friendly space oriented towards European values. At the same time, Aurescu saluted the progress made by the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in implementing the action plan for the liberalization of the visa regime.

Polish diplomat Artur Michalski said that member states must be convinced a European perspective should be granted to the Eastern partners, and that EU doors should not be closed, but at this point there is a difficult time to talk about future accessions.

On the other hand, Cristian Ghinea, director at the Romanian Centre for European Policies, suggested that the two countries should focus on implementing the action plans and concrete measures as, two years after signing the strategic bilateral partnership, it is more about talking than doing.

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