The implementation at a parliamentary level of the responsibilities undertaken by Romania and Poland in the EU and NATO for an active involvement in securing peace stability and prosperity for the entire region from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea, along with the latest developments in debates over the future of the European Union were some of the topics discussed in Bucharest on Wednesday by Romanian Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and his Polish counterpart Stanislaw Karczewski.
The Romanian Senate said Wednesday in a press statement that the two senate officials agreed on a substantive thematic agenda that underscores the sustained dynamics of Romanian-Polish bilateral parliamentary cooperation and a privileged context for the Romanian-Polish bilateral ties.
Tariceanu is quoted as having voiced confidence that by coordination in the spirit of shared European values, Romania and Poland are headed for a common vision of regional and European cooperation that will secure cohesion and as high as possible living standards for the citizens of the two countries.
“The Romanian dignitary praised Romania and Poland for the materialisation in various forms of their close cooperation to fulfill in an adequate and coordinated manner the wish for prosperity of their citizens, and to counter in a similar manner the national defence and security threats against them. The significance and importance of Romania’s and Poland’s participation in regular consolations in a B9 format – the Bucharest 9 Format for regional cooperation dialogue related to the security of the NATO member states located on its eastern flank – were highlighted.”
Tariceanu and Karczewski voiced agreement over the launch of a common initiative for the enlargement of this regional initiative to include the national parliaments in addition to the national governments, and consequently the chairs of parliament from Central and Eastern European counties that are affiliated with the EU and NATO.
Likewise, Tariceanu commended the Visegrad Group for its openness under the Polish chairmanship toward intensified sectorial consultations with Romania and other EU member states in the same geographical region, in a V4+ format.
Karczewski is quoted as saying, in agreement with Tariceanu, that regional initiatives should be characterised by complementariness, and they should contribute toward increasing the importance and visibility of the voices of the member states in the process of consolidating the European Union building on the fundamentals provided by its consecrated values. The two senior officials said the B9 Format and the Three Seas Initiative are part of such a conceptual framework.
The Polish official also underscored that, besides the strategic regional security and cooperation partnership between Poland and Romania, the two countries are sharing similar opinions on current affairs, mentioning to the point the importance of bilateral cooperation as part of the European actions in defence of the interests of the Romanian and Polish nationals, respectively, in the context of the UK having decided to leave the EU. He said bilateral actions and other formats cannot be substitutes for the negotiations to be conducted between the EU and the UK, but their part is to shine a permanent light over the national interests at a parliamentary level.
Also underscored were converging opinions on the institutional developments at the EU level, mainly Romania’s and Poland’s opposition to the advancement of projects that suggest various development speeds despite the principle of balanced development that entails the common participation of all the member states.
Also attending the meeting were Romanian Senate’s Deputy Chair Iulia Scantei of the National Liberal Party (PNL); Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) floor leader Ionut Sibinescu; member of the Romania-Poland Friendship Group Ion Hadarca of ALDE, and George Edward Dirca of the Save Romania Union (USR) Senate group.
ForMin Melescanu and Polish Senate Marshall discuss Romania-Poland collaboration in NATO and EU
Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu had a meeting on Wednesday, with Polish Senate Marshall Stanislaw Karczewski, who is paying a visit to Romania at the invitation extended by the Romanian Senate President.
In this context, the Romanian Minister highlighted the very good cooperation between Romania and Poland on a bilateral level, on the executive and parliamentary dimension, as well as on a multilateral level, within NATO, the EU and in the regional cooperation formats. He assessed that the the relations between the two countries represent a benchmark of bilateral cooperation within the EU, relying on numerous interests and close positions, a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.
Both parties have reiterated the interest for the European common cause and the commitment for a closer collaboration between the authorities of the two states, the quoted source points out.