Poland supports Romania’s presidency of the Council of the European Union and is convinced that our country will also represent the Central and Eastern European states, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told a press conference on Wednesday alongside his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Melescanu.
To mark a century of diplomatic relations between Romania and Poland, the Polish minister received a digitized copy of 294 archive files from the Romanian minister.
The archive files gather, Melescanu said, “over 100,000 pages referring to Poland’s bilateral relations, foreign and domestic politics, the aid granted by Romania to Poland after 1939, the situation of the Polish refugees in Romania, as well as the Polish exile from the time of the WWII.”
Speaking about the country’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, Teodor Melescanu said that Romania will persistently engage in promoting cohesion as a common European value, overcoming divisions among member countries and identifying ways to strengthen the role of the European Union.
“We welcomed our common approach in favour of a balanced budget that would keep the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy as key positions and policies of the future budget, while providing an adequate response to the new challenges that the European Union is facing in this period,” Melescanu pointed out.
He highlighted that Romania and Poland share similar views on the European perspective of the Western Balkans. “We have reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening the enlargement policy that both Romania and Poland support as well as our visions that largely coincide on all lines of action regarding the Eastern Partnership, the support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova,” the head the Romanian diplomacy said.
At the same time, Melescanu pointed out that “Romania and Poland want a robust and stable transatlantic relationship.” “We appreciate Poland’s consistent participation in the implementation of the advanced presence in Romania and the Black Sea region, and in our turn, we also participate in Poland in the efforts to strengthen the NATO presence,” the Romanian underscored.
Jacek Czaputowicz brought to mind the Romania-Poland collaboration within the Bucharest 9 format, which includes the countries on the eastern flank of NATO.
“My visit also shows our commitment to working with all the partners in the European Union as well as the desire to find solutions that are acceptable to everyone and decisions that build the future of the European Union. This year we will celebrate 100 years since the diplomatic relations between Poland and Romania were initiated, and it is a symbolic point of reference for our actions,” the Polish Foreign Minister said, according to the official translation.
The Polish official spoke about the support that his country intends to give to Romania as the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“Poland will bolster Romania’s presidency in accomplishing the important and well established priorities. We are certain that the friends in Romania will respond very well to these challenges, as a spokesman for the Eastern and Central European states that are an integral part of Europe,” he stressed.
Czaputowicz also talked about the transatlantic partnership of Romania and Poland.
“This is what unites us in the foreign policy, our relationship with the United States and we see here a strategic element for the security of this part of the world,” Czaputowicz said.
PM Dancila, ForMin Czaputowicz discuss key continuation of Romania – Poland Strategic Partnership-based dialogue
The importance of Romania and Poland continuing their dialogue based on the Strategic Partnership was a central subject of the talks during this Wednesday meeting at the Victoria Palace of Government between Premier Viorica Dancila and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
The Romanian Prime Minister and the Polish Foreign Minister pointed out that the relations between the two states have seen an intense and dynamic development in recent years and emphasized the importance of continuing the Romania – Poland dialogue on the basis of the two states’ Strategic Partnership concluded ten years ago, the government said in a release.
During the meeting, the two officials also tackled subjects related to the European agenda, with PM Dancila presenting on the occasion the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and underscoring that Romania’s first-time tenure at the helm of the EU Council in the first half of the year 2019 is a moment of great importance and an opportunity for Romania to reaffirm its commitment to strengthening the European project.
At the same time, the Romanian Premier expressed Romania’s expectations of getting Poland’s support and cooperation in this line – with reference to relevant files such as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the Eastern Partnership, or the Western Balkans, the cited source said.
In the perspective of the second round of intergovernmental consultations between Romania and Poland – scheduled to take place in Romania this year – Viorica Dancila highlighted the importance of the full implementation of the measures in areas such as security and defense, European integration, foreign affairs, internal affairs, entrepreneurship and economy, innovation, agriculture and tourism, as agreed upon during the first round of consultations held in Warsaw last year, the government’s release states.