The first Romanian-Polish intergovernmental meeting was held in Warsaw on Friday, reaching agreement on defence co-operation, intensified political dialogue at all levels in preparation of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as on holding a Romanian-Polish business forum.
The schedule of consultations included a restricted meeting of Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. At the same time, ministers had bilateral talks, followed by a working lunch attended by the entire delegation. The event ended with a meeting of Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero with Romanian troops in Poland, as well as representatives of the local Romanian community.
The participants in the consultations agreed on measures in areas such as security and defence; European integration; foreign affairs; internal affairs; entrepreneurship and the economy; innovation; agriculture and tourism. The following were agreed: the conclusion, in the near future, of a bilateral defence co-operation agreement; intensifying political dialogue at all levels in preparation of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union; promoting the European prospects of the neighbouring states; holding a Romanian-Polish business forum, according to a press statement released by the Romanian government.
An intention to include in future consultations the fields of energy, transport and infrastructure, education and technological development was expressed.
Dancila launched an invitation to organise the second round of intergovernmental consultations in Romania next year to mark the anniversary of a decade of strategic partnership, three decades of democratic regime and a century of diplomatic relations.
The Romanian delegation in Warsaw was headed by Dancila, and made up of the following ministers: Deputy Prime Minister for the Implementation of Strategic Partnerships of Romania Ana Birchall; Interior Minister Carmen Dan; Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu; Defence Minister Mihai Fifor; Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Petre Daea; Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb; Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu; Tourism Minister Bogdan Gheorghe Trif; Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and Ioana- Andreea Lambru, secretary general of the government of Romania.
PM Dancila, after meeting counterpart Morawiecki: Romania, Poland have special involvement in defence, security
“Romania and Poland have a particular involvement in defence and security, as both national governments are allocating two percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for defence spending”, Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Friday in Warsaw after meeting her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki.
“We have started off today the first intergovernmental consultations in the history of our relations. The moment has a very special symbolism for both countries because this year both countries celebrate their national centennials: Romania’s Greater Union and Poland’s Independence. The fact that we held today intergovernmental consultations is, on the one hand, a reflection of our shared course, of shared history, and on the other of our present excellent co-operation,” said Dancila.
She pointed to an agreement signed between the two governments on war graves.
She highlighted the excellent discussions on Romanian-Polish co-operation.
She said the economic and trade relations between the two countries had an ascending evolution, with commercial exchanges being on the uptick.
“We have to encourage this positive trend and that is why we intend to organise in Bucharest a business forum that expresses our will to do more for the entrepreneurial component of the bilateral relationship,” added Dancila.
She also mentioned that he thanked the Polish government for its continued support for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area.
She pointed out that there are many things that bring the two countries closer to the European agenda, but also to other international themes.
Dancila on Friday was welcomed at an official ceremony at Belweder Palace in Warsaw, the seat of the Polish government, by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The agenda of the consultations included a restricted meeting with the participation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. At the same, ministers had bilateral talks, followed by a working lunch attended by the entire delegation.
Romania’s Defence Minister Mihai Fifor and Poland’s Minister of Culture Piotr Glinski signed a bilateral agreement on Romanian military graves on Polish soil and the Polish military graves on Romania’s soil. The schedule ended with a meeting of the Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero with Romanian troops in Poland, as well as representatives of the local Romanian community.
Mateusz Morawiecki: Poland supports Romania’s accession to Schengen Area
“Poland supports Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area”, Polish Republic Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Warsaw, on Friday, after the meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
“It is a turning point. We have agreed on some common positions and topics. I want to stress that the Romanian-Polish collaboration has been carried out in extremely positive conditions for many years. Today we resorted to memories from the historic period. The collaboration in the economic, cultural and military area was very well conducted in the inter-war period as well. (…) We have very many common elements today, after many years,” Mateusz Morawiecki said in a joint statement with Viorica Dancila.
The Polish PM underscored he wants a strong EU in its Central European dimension. “The project of the Three Seas which we talked about with Mrs Prime Minister and the other ministers isn’t against anyone, but it is a project for the consolidation of the EU in this part of Europe, the consolidation of the transatlantic dimension,” Mateusz Morawiecki added.
The Polish official underscored that Romania represents for Poland one of the trusted partners in the collaboration in the economic, commercial and defence areas.
“Romania represents for Poland one of the trusted partners both in respect to the economic, commercial collaboration and in respect to the defence policy, the cultural policy, as well as the European policy in a broader sense. Poland supports Romania’s accession to Schengen, and what I am strongly underscoring today is the fact that we (…) are in a close cooperation with Romania in terms of European matters,” Mateusz Morawiecki added.
The Polish PM also spoke of the commercial, economic cooperation. “Investments of private entities in Poland are increasing, but this also includes private entrepreneurs from Romania. I encouraged Mrs Prime Minister so that Romanian entrepreneurs, too, invest in Poland. I have discussed with Mrs Prime Minister during the bilateral talks and during the forum of inter-governmental consultations about the key-areas which also include the energy policy,” he also said.
Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned that other discussion topics referred to the North South Gas Pipeline, interconnectivity, as well as the security policy.
“Not long ago I went with the Defence Minister to the place where the NATO common brigade is stationed, and where there are also Romanian troops. I had the pleasure of talking to them, seeing their uniforms, we have talked long enough and I admired the equipment and I am glad that this collaboration in the military area is developed under the NATO umbrella, under the aegis of transatlantic collaboration, because we believe very much in this collaboration. I have discussed with Mrs Prime Minister not only of the European dimension, but also of transatlantic collaboration matters. (…) We have data on the first quarter, Poland is ranked first among European states regarding economic growth, and Romania takes an important place as well in respect to economic growth and we congratulated each other,” the Polish PM also said.