Prime Minister after the meeting within the frame of the Berlin Process

The indispensable condition for solving the problems of the Western Balkans in the implementation of legitimate European ambitions is the undertaking of bilateral political issues, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the meeting of heads of state and government as part of the Berlin Process in London.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The head of the Polish government remarked that the discussion during the meeting in London concerned the effective joining of the Western Balkans with the European Union. We have the intention to share with our friends from the Western Balkans our various experiences from the accession process, the process of reaching the European Union, he said.

The Prime Minister referred to the problem related to corruption and crime in the Western Balkan countries. As he noted, Poland struggled with such challenges in the 1990s, but today we can boast great achievements in this area and high places in anti-corruption rankings. According to the Prime Minister, our achievements in the fight against corruption can be an important experience for countries from the Western Balkans.

The discussion of heads of state and government in London also concerned gas, energy, road and railway infrastructure, said the head of the Polish government. He pointed out that from the Polish perspective, the Tri-Sea initiative is a good complement to the infrastructure of the European Union. The North-South dimension will be a large contribution to the economic development of the entire Union, and in the future, I hope, also with the integrated Western Balkans, to strengthen security, for better economic development and for better cultural exchange with these countries, underlined the Prime Minister.

An important topic of today's discussion was also the cultural exchange of young people, thanks to which young people will be able to get acquainted with the specificity of functioning of the European Union countries.  As the head of government pointed out, Poland would be happy to share its experiences.

In conclusion, the Prime Minister reminded that next year Poland will be the chairman of the process of integration of the Western Balkans as part of the Berlin Process. Poznań was chosen as the meeting place, a city with great traditions, one of the strongest cities and regions in Poland, in economic terms, emphasized the Prime Minister.

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