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Wednesday, 18 September

Romania -Poland Intergovernmental Meeting

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

The exhibition "The Alliance of the Hearts: Romania-Poland", hosted by the Victoria Palace

 

The Government of Romania hosts at the Victoria Palace, the exhibition "The Alliance of the Hearts: Romania-Poland", in the context of the Romanian-Polish intergovernmental meeting held today in Bucharest.

The exhibition illustrates, through photographs and copies of documents from the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the history of bilateral relations which celebrate a hundred years this year.

At the same time, the exhibition is a tribute to the heroic resistance of the Polish people in the Second World War. Today marks 80 years since the Polish refuge in Romania, when high representatives of the Polish government and army, as well as about 100,000 other Poles, among whom 60,000 soldiers, temporarily regrouped themselves on our soil.

In addition to humanitarian protection, Romania also facilitated the transit of the Treasury of the National Bank of Poland (70 tonnes of gold), another 4 tonnes of gold that could no longer be sent, being kept safely, until the end of the war.

The most important historical moments captured in photos and documents:

- Restoration of Polish statehood at the end of the First World War (1918)

- Convention on Defensive Alliance between Poland and Romania (March 3, 1921)

- Marshal Józef Klemens Piłsudski's visit to Romania and his welcoming by King Ferdinand I (1922)

- Visit of the Sovereigns of Romania - King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary - to Poland (1923)

- Treaty of Guarantee between Romania and Poland (1926)

- Visit of the President of Poland to Romania (1937)

- Visit of King Carol II to Poland (1937)

- The support granted to Poland by Romania during the Second World War (protection granted to Polish refugees, the transit of the Polish Treasury through Romania).

 

Joint press statements at the end of Romania –Poland Intergovernmental Meeting

 

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Viorica Dăncilă: I am particularly glad to welcome the presence in Bucharest of the Polish Prime Minister and the important delegation of Polish Ministers accompanying him.

I thank them for the presence at the second round of Romanian –Polish Intergovernmental consultations.

The first round of consultations between our Governments, held in Warsaw, on May 25, 2018, in the year of Romania’s Greater Union Centennial and the Polish Independence Centennial, represented a pivotal moment for the bilateral relationship and a good opportunity to boost Romanian –Polish cooperation at all levels.

The consultations between our Governments are taking place in a particular context, marked by the celebration by Romania and the Polish Republic of 100 years of diplomatic relations this year. We also mark 10 years of strategic partnership.

Poland is a close friend, key strategic partner and a trustful ally of Romania. Based on a relationship with tradition, convergent interests and common destiny, Romanian –Polish collaboration developed into a strong, viable and future-oriented strategic partnership.

Today’s consultations allowed the review of the progress achieved in the cooperation between our countries and establishing benchmarks for future cooperation.

I also hail the signing of several Memorandums of Understanding in relevant fields for the development of our countries such as infrastructure, energy, transports, communications, digitalization, entrepreneurship, EU funds management, cooperation between the Police Academies of the two countries.

During the talks, I advocated the further strengthening of our strategic partnership and the dynamic, comprehensive and complex political dialogue at all levels.

I outlined the promising prospect of a robust and fruitful economic cooperation given that the bilateral trade has been reaching increasingly higher levels. We are glad that the Polish businesspeople increased their investment in our country while the Romanian investors show in their turn an increased interest in the Polish market.

I am sure that we can strengthen our economic and sectorial cooperation so that it reaches the level of our cooperation in the security area, where collaboration on NATO’s Eastern flank reached an excellence level.

We established by common agreement to continue meetings in this format, which should become a practice by holding annual consultations between our Governments, as well as to deepen Romanian –Polish coordination at regional, European and Euro-Atlantic levels.

We focused on the European issues too, where we intend to closely cooperate based on the similar vision, positions and approaches on a series of topical issues on the European agenda, such as Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy.

I thank my counterpart for the excellent cooperation throughout the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and for his words of appreciation for the way Romania exercised its mandate.

We also discussed the importance of regional cooperation, especially within the Three Seas Initiative. I argued that exploring new cooperation opportunities should take into account the need for a pragmatic approach and for generating value-added.

The constant dialogue and the commitments undertaken by our governments are the solid basis of future cooperation for the economic development of the region we belong to and for increasing security in the area.

We will continue to work together to strengthen the European project on the success of which depends the future of the citizens we represent and in the name of whom we are acting.

I hold the firm belief that Romania and Poland will continue to cooperate at the regional level in order that they consolidate their contribution in the region, at the level of the entire EU and at NATO level.

I want to thank once again my counterpart, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for the constructive dialogue and the approach our delegations had today. I am sure that they will lead to the consolidation of our bilateral economic and commercial relations. They will strengthen aspects pertaining to European dossiers such as strengthening our common involvement in European policies, very important to Romania and Poland, I refer to the Common Agricultural Policy, the Cohesion Policy, Transports. Finally, I would like to wish good luck to the Polish Government’s nominee for the post of Common Agricultural Policy Commissioner.

I want to thank you and wish greater success to you and the Government you are leading!

Mateusz Morawiecki: /.../ In the 30s, Poland and Romania were very close partners. Today, Poland commemorates hard times, eighty years since the outbreak of World War II. It is 80 years since the Red Army crossed the border, invaded Poland and the Polish authorities ensured the continuity of the power in exile. Romania, the Romanian government, gave them help. We remember this very well and know how the relations between Poland and Romania developed later on.

What connected us in the past is also important for our present relationship, it is about this common history that is important for today's issues. Moving on to contemporary issues, we can say that in almost all aspects we had common, convergent opinions, we get along very well in many areas.

I will say a few things about energy. Romania plays an important role, it has gas reserves in the Black Sea and it also has energy reserves on land that have the possibility to ensure gas supply to Central Europe. We are also building an infrastructure so that Poland can become a gas distributor, a connector from Slovakia, through Hungary, to Romania. We can also ensure this way the security of sources based on partnership in joint projects. Our joint interests in building the infrastructure can be clearly seen, this is about the Via Carpatia project linking the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, that would increase trade cooperation, tourism potential between our states and between our communities, it is a very ambitious project.

Poland and Romania have agreed on a long-term collaboration to represent their position at European level, starting with the climate policy, the budget policy, the Multiannual Financial Framework, in the industry field, in the field of competitiveness.

At our joint session [e.n. -the round of intergovernmental consultations] we have also discussed extensively the issues of competitiveness and the implementation of the regulations of the European Union Treaty, for instance, in the field of service delivery, as these regulations are not fully observed. This can be very well seen in the way some Western European states capitalize on the workforce potential of our countries, talents of our countries, benefit from the openness of the Central and South-Eastern European market – it is about the service area. We underline how important the openness of the Western countries’ services market is, and not the enforcement of some protectionist approaches, which can be called the anti-mobility package that we spoke about during the bilateral meeting.

It is paramount for us to ensure freedom of movement, but, at the same time, to take into account the competition with the countries of Western Europe so that we can find ways of economic development for Poland and Romania.

We also discussed the budgetary policy. It is about the budget for the next seven years that will be negotiated. We established our joint stance within the group of friends. I had the same stance as Mrs Prime Minister regarding the Transport Commissioner dossier, the field of mobility for us; it is an important issue for enhancing the degree of security in Central Europe. The partnership with Romania is a very important mission, the Commissioner for Transport is very important. Mrs Prime Minister also commented on the important achievements, namely the Commissioner for Agriculture dossier, both Poland and Romania need increased opportunities for the Polish and Romanian farmers and that is why the Commissioner from Poland will act efficiently in ensuring equal rights for the Romanian and Polish farmers, it is about the implementation of the rural programmes.

Poland and Romania are two countries that are NATO pillars on the Eastern flank, within the Transatlantic Partnership, therefore, this topic could not miss from our discussion, we also discussed issues related to the defence policy. We have contingents of the Polish army in Romania and of Romanian military in Poland, which makes this military collaboration ever closer. We are getting to know each other better and I am very glad that our history is registering this growing cooperation in the field of defence and of enhancing the degree of security. These are important areas. Not too long ago, 10 years ago, this collaboration was hardly visible and threats existed.

We have also discussed the collaboration in the field of commercial exchanges, investment exchanges. Romania is a very good partner for Polish investors, we are opening more and more horizons in the economic field for Polish investors. We want this exchange in Central Europe to grow, at the economic level of the European Union. Romania has a good economic growth, a record in the EU, 4.5 percent, even more, of the GDP and we want to make the most of this important moment in boosting the economic relations between us. We also discussed reforms in the energy area, and in the field of climate policy. In this respect, Romanians and Poles will stand together, have convergent views, will tackle together the issues in this important field, the energy policy and the environmental protection.

Dear Madam Prime Minister, thank you very much for your invitation, a symbol of our historical, economic ties, of the relations between our countries, and at the same time, a meeting that gave us the opportunity to discuss several concrete aspects that would enhance the efficiency of Romania and Poland’s representation and participation policy in relations with our partners, such as the United States and other EU partners. It is true that our Western partners have another level of economic development but of course, we will make every effort to reduce gaps and to improve the living standards of our citizens.

I want to thank you once again and congratulate you on your EU Council presidency, a fruitful one, which solved very many issues, dossiers such as the energy resources issue. I am very glad to have such a serious and solid partner. I also attended the meetings of the Visegrad Group, the entire group from Visegrad is glad that we have a partner in Romania that we can rely on, that Romania is a state that is at an appropriate level of economic development, of carrying out reforms in the post-communist period. We must come out successful following this reform and to act together as efficiently as possible, to explain our partners in Brussels that we have achieved many things! Thank you very much, Madam Prime Minister for the fruitful discussions!



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