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December 6, 2021
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Poland reiterates support for Romania’s accession to Schengen

Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radoslaw Sikorski, who is currently paying an official visit to Bucharest, yesterday reconfirmed in Bucharest the support Poland is giving to Romania in its way to Schengen accession. “Poland supports Romania’s accession to Schengen Zone. We believe that there shouldn’t be applied such double standards. The country meets the technical criteria, which means it’s ready to take the next logical step”, Radoslaw Sikorski told a joint press conference with the head of the Romanian diplomacy, quoted by Agerpres.
Romania and Poland must benefit more from the excellent political relations they have, through consolidating economic cooperation and encouraging investments, the Polish FM also added. “The dialogue between the two governments is not enough, we need to see what we can do more in the tourism area, we need to help the people exchanging opinions, to seek economic cooperation and mutual investments, we need to capitalize more our excellent political relations. We already are the fifth exporter on the Romanian market, but I also hope contacts among the small and medium enterprises will also grow and we will encourage Polish companies to invest in Romania, especially in the context of a better cooperation on the capital markets’, said Sikorski.
In his turn, Minister Corlatean showed that, in 2013, Romania and Poland celebrate the 20th anniversary since the singing of the Friendship Treaty and announced that the parties were to open yesterday the first edition of the Romanian-Polish Society Forum. “This is a cooperation initiative among the NGOs from the two countries, taken within the framework of our joint action plan and we want to make it into a periodical platform of dialogue between the representatives of the NGOs from Romania and Poland”, said Corlatean.  He underscored that ‘Poland is a close friend to Romania, a key European partner and a traditional ally’.
Titus Corlatean said that he also discussed with Radoslaw Sikorski about the modalities to encourage the companies in Romania and Poland to make use of the existing opportunities. “We are interested in promoting joint projects in various fields of activity such as the defence and security industry, the mining industry, infrastructure, environment, energy’, said  the Romanian FM. He also mentioned that he proposed his Polish counterpart the two diplomatic offices to support the organising of a joint reunion between the two governments in 2014.
Xenophobia and discrimination, condemned
Titus Corlatean, condemned, together with the Polish minister, the xenophobic and discriminatory tendencies in certain European countries, which tend to affect the right of the Romanians to work and to free circulation within the community space. According to Corlatean, Romania and Poland do not approve of “any such tendencies, including the perspective of the fundamental liberties preservation”.

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