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First round of Romanian – Polish intergovernmental consultations

 

 

Signing ceremony of the Bilateral Agreement and Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania and Prime Minister of Poland

 

Mateusz Morawiecki: Distinguished Madam Prime Minister, dear Ministers, distinguished Ministers from Romania, disntinguished guests. I have to tell you from the beginning that I am very glad that we have this intergovernmental meeting here, at Warsaw, with the extended Romanian delegation. We are at a turning point. We agreed on common stances in many issues and topics. I will speak about this in a while. I have to underline that the Polish – Romanian cooperation has taken place in extremely good conditions for several years. We established today, we resorted to certain historical memories, when cooperation in the economic, cultural and military fields took place very well in the interwar period too. Romania alike Poland in the interwar period distinguished itself through great cultural personalities, patriots, intellectuals, artiests. Our common history from 1939, a tragic moment for Poland, also united us in those tragic moments. I would like to say that we have a great deal of elements in common today too.

After many years, in Lower Silesia, not far from Wrocław, there are folk ensembles, dancing ensembles that come from  Romania, from the Bucovina area. It is the tradition of Bucovina meetings, it is a common tradition, cultivated up to present, in a very beautiful way, on several directions. I talked about this with Madam Prime Minister. I would also like to emphasize the importance of the Carpathians. The Carpathians, the high mountains in this part of Europe, must not separate us, on the contrary, they should become a bridge. That is why links in the field of infrastructure are very important, where the Law and Justice Government confirms the achievement of the Via Carpatia project in the coming years, because whereby this central European dimension, we want to build a strong European Union. This Central European dimension - the Three Seas project, about which I discussed with Madam Prime Minister and the other Ministers - is not against anyone but it is a project to strengthen the EU in this part of Europe, strengthen the transatlantic cooperation dimension, a component that was mentioned many times on today's talks. Romania is one of Poland’s key partners, both in terms of economic, commercial cooperation, but also in terms of defense policy, cultural policy, and European policy in the broad sense of the word.

Poland supports Romania’s accession to Schengen area, but what I need to firmly underline today is the fact that we organize the cooperation of the whole of Central Europe in a close cooperation with Romania on  European matters. We need to first underline the dimension of this budgetary policy. The multiannual budgetary framework is a budgetary perspective that we are very interested in, and our experience over the last years, following several debates and talks, shows us that we coordinate and organize this dimension, we are listening to different voices coming from other states of Europe, trying to organize and represent our stance in different forums, along with Romania and other countries. We are talking about the cohesion policy, the common agricultural policy, funds related to these policies and this is why our position is extremely important in the process which has recently started.

We will strive to cultivate this tradition and collaboration. Poland and Romania are increasingly important partners in commercial, economic areas, private investment from Poland is rising, state capital participation too, but, first of all, it is about here private entrepreneurs from Romania. We advised and encouraged Madam Prime Minister that Romanian entrepreneurs too invest in Poland. I discussed with Madam Prime Minister during bilateral discussions, intergovernmental consultation forums on key areas, among which, the energy policy. We discussed the Nord Stream 2 project, where both countries highlighted the importance of diversifying energy sources. It is about the North-South gas pipeline, which should be built through joint efforts to diversify the gas supply area. We discussed interconnectivity, having in mind also Slovakia and Poland, as we would like in the future to capitalize on the gas reserves in Romania, in the Black Sea. We also highlight our demarches, which are very good in the context of diversifying gas supply, the Baltic gas pipeline or the LNG terminal, whose efficiency we want to expand by five billion cubic meters. We talked a lot about the security policy. Not long ago I was with Mr Błaszczak, the Minister of Defence, in the locality where the NATO Joint Brigade is stationed, and there are also Romanian military. I had the pleasure of talking to them, seeing their uniforms; we discussed a lot,  we admired their equipment, and I am glad that this military cooperation is developing under the umbrella of NATO, under the aegis of transatlantic cooperation, because we believe very much in this collaboration and I stressed this with Madam Prime minister. We discussed not only the European dimension, but we also discussed a lot the issues of transatlantic cooperation. I can assure you that both Poland and Romania are partners that are actually speaking the same language. As regards the transatlantic collaboration, to us, collaboration with the US and the collaboration with the EU are the basic pillars of security in general, of energy security, but also the pillars of economic development, investment growth and this economic growth both in Romania and Poland, giving data about the first quarter, Poland ranks first among European states in terms of economic growth. In fact, Romania also occupies an important place in terms of the economic growth and we congratulated each other on these achievements. We are very glad that the economic potential among our countries is increasing.

Countries in our region have a great deal of things in common, even more these interests, if achieved efficiently, the more we will be together. Along with Madam Minister, this cohesion of our opinions, we confirmed it in several fields. We reminded the cohesion policy, where we organize in the negotiation area, some voices that can be heard from Brussels...In this context, we will try to cope with them, to speak on a unitary, common voice, from Central Europe. Poland and Romania must be at the forefront. We also consider interests in Central and Southeastern Europe, let us defend these interests firmly, because we believe that partnership must be based on an one -speed Europe rather than a multi-speed Europe. It is a promise of common development and on these principles, we have agreed on development throughout the European Union. I have emphasized, along with the Prime Minister, a clear thing for us here in Europe in this part of Europe, but not so obvious in the context with partners in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, etc., namely that we have a common experience. Sometimes, our friends in the European Union, in the West, do not fully understand what communism meant, what post-communism meant, what are the different challenges that we are facing. Along with Madam Prime Minister, we are calling on our friends in Western Europe to take into account the fact that we have our problems, our challenges. After the Second World War, we were left on the bad side of the so-called Iron Curtain, and currently, we need to reform our countries in other way. We have to combat phenomena that you, dear friends from the West, do not understand or you do not fully understand them, but we believe that through such a dialogue of common understanding, we can consolidate our position, and present our reasons and this is why, together with Madam Prime Minister, we discussed this aspect in many parts of the meeting. Attending these consultations were: Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Ministers of Interior and Administration, Ministers of Tourism, Agriculture, Economy and Investments, Culture and National Heritage Minister. I think I did not omit any Minister. There were consultations on many topics that prefigured the continuation of these debates and discussions. I thank Madam Prime Minister for the invitation she extended to me to pay visit to Bucharest. I still do not know this wonderful city, my children were in Romania, they admired the Romanian landscapes, they are enthusiastic about the tourist potential. In fact, we discussed a lot about this potential. Tourism ministers emphasized that tourism is building bridges. Through tourism, people better understand each other. We want to build such bridges of friendship in many areas, primarily taking into account our interests within the European Union and in the field of NATO security. Madam Prime Minister, distinguished colleagues, members of the Romanian Government, I would like to thank you a lot for the visit that you made in Poland, for your friendship, whereby you confirmed how homogeneous is our approach to European issues and global issues . Thank you again, distinguished Madam Prime Minister!

Viorica Dancila: Mr. President of the Council of Ministers, thank you for the invitation to today's comprehensive dialogue on the strategic partnership between our countries and I also thank you for the beautiful words you used when referring to Romania. We had today the first intergovernmental consultations in the history of the countries' bilateral relationship. It is a highly symbolic moment for both states, as they celebrate this year their national centennial anniversaries - the Greater Union for Romania and Poland's regaining Independence. The fact that we held today the first intergovenmental consultations is, on the one hand, a reflection of our shared course, shared history, but also of the very good, increasingly better state of our current cooperation. We had in-depth discussions in areas such as defence and security, European integration and foreign affairs, economy, domestic affairs, culture, agriculture, tourism. We signed today the bilateral agreement on war graves, thus honoring the memory of our heroes. Today, we had a series of very good talks about the current level of Romanian –Polish cooperation. First of all, we noted with satisfaction the special involvement of Romania and Poland on the security and defence levels.

Both Governments allocate 2% of GDP for defence, in line with commitment assumed within NATO. At the same time, we also have a mutual military presence on our territories. As it is known, Romania already participated with 120 soldiers in Poland last year as part of NATO's enhanced forward presence, and Poland participates with a mechanized company and senior staff officers in Romania as part of tailored forward presence. At the same time, we discussed extending this very good cooperation that exists in the field of defence to other areas of sectorial cooperation, and here I refer first to economic area and investment. Our economic and trade relations have seen an upward trend, with trade exchanges growing. We have to encourage this positive trend and that is why we intend to organize a business forum in Bucharest that would expresses our willingness to do more for the entrepreneurial component of the bilateral relationship. In the perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, I conveyed to the President of the Council of Ministers, Romania’s interest to count on Poland's support. I thanked the members of the Polish Executive for Poland's continued support for Romania's accession to the Schengen area. Eastern neighborhood is again a topic of shared interest, like the Western Balkans area. We remain firmly committed to promoting a European perspective for the countries in our neighborhood. There are a lot of things that bring us closer, in connection with our European agenda but also with other international topics. We agreed to hold intergovernmental consultations on a regular basis, and I already invited Mr. Prime Minister to visit Romania and we also look forward to organizing in Bucharest the next session of intergovernmental consultations. Next year, we will celebrate together three fundamental things for the bilateral relations: a century of diplomatic relations, 30 years since the fall of communism and 10 years since the signing of the strategic partnership. I think today’s discussions have been very good, adjusted to reality and I would like to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister!

 

Romanian –Polish intergovernmental meeting

 

The first Romanian –Polish intergovernmental meeting took place in Warsaw on May 25, 2018.

The Romanian delegation, present in Warsaw, was led by Prime Minister and comprised the following Ministers: Vice Prime Minister for Romania's Strategic Partnerships' Implementation Ana Birchall, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Minister of Tourism Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and the Secretary –General of the Romanian Government Ioana –Andreea Lambru.

The schedule of consultations included a meeting in narrow format with participation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. In parallel, the relevant Ministers had bilateral talks followed by a working luncheon attended by the entire delegation. Consultations concluded with a meeting of Minister for Romanians abroad with Romanian military in Poland and with representatives of the Romanian community.

The participants in consultations agreed on some measures in fields such as: security and defence, European integration, foreign affairs, internal affairs, entrepreneurship and economy, innovation, agriculture and tourism.

They agreed on: concluding a bilateral cooperation agreement in the defence industry in the near future, intensifying  political dialogue at all levels ahead of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, promoting the European perspective of the neighboring states, holding a Romanian –Polish business forum.

The intention to include in the future consultations the areas of energy, transports, infrastructure, education and technological development was also affirmed.

Prime Minister of Romania launched the invitation of holding a second round of intergovernmental consultations in Romania, next year, in the context of celebrating a decade of Strategic Partnership, three decades of democratic regime and a century of diplomatic relations.

 

Romania -Poland intergovernmental consultations

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participates tomorrow, May 25, in the first Romania - Poland intergovernmental consultations in the history of the countries' bilateral relationship.

The Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister comprises: Vice Prime Minister for Romania's Strategic Partnerships' Implementation Ana Birchall, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Minister of Tourism Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and the Secretary –General of the Romanian Government Ioana –Andreea Lambru.

Consultations are being held as the two states celebrate this year their national centennial anniversaries - the Greater Union for Romania and Poland's regaining Independence. At the same time, holding consultations for the first time in this extended Ministerial format, reflects the very good level of Romanian –Polish cooperation, over the last years, based on the Strategic Partnership signed in 2009.

Discussions will also address the state and prospects of bilateral relationship, including its sectorial components as well as cooperation at European and international levels.



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