Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the industrial fair in Hannover

We want to present young, brave Poland here – Poland which is changing, which has ambitions to equal the best – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. On Sunday, the Polish Prime Minister, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, opened the international industrial fair Hannover Messe 2017.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The 70th edition of the largest industrial fair in the world – Hannover Messe 2017 is ahead of us. Poland is proud of having been honoured with the title of a partner country to this prestigious event – stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she added, at that fair we would like to present Poland as the country actively building its competitive advantage, based on the development of new technologies, Poland which is young, brave, which is changing and has ambitions to equal the best.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło indicated that the greatest value presented by Poland at Hannover Messe 2017 were both the young people who had arrived there with their ideas and proposals and the renowned companies functioning in the market for many years.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Hannover: Poland is a safe country where good changes are being introduced

Today, Poland is a safe country where good changes for the industry and enterprise are being introduced – assessed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She also stressed that she had come to Hannover at the time of publishing the economic data by the CSO and most of them had been the best for seven years. There is one result showing the current Polish mood and what the Poles think. Namely, such good mood and belief in own good situation has not been observed among Polish families since 1992 – said the Head of the Government. Currently, nearly more than 60% of the Poles rate their situation as good, positive and this results from good changes which have been introduced in Poland for eighteen months – added the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister stressed that since the beginning of the term of office, her Government had prepared bold proposals for business and economic operators. We have created a prospect for the development for young people, for economic operators but we have also provided people with the sense of security which, in such difficult times, is particularly valuable – said the Prime Minister. Today, people perceive Poland as a safe, ambitiously developing country, the country of youth, energy and creativity. We will implement this programme and project – she stressed.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Hannover: we need to learn lessons from what is going on in the EU

We need to learn lessons from what is going on in the EU, to ask ourselves why the British decided to leave our community and to do our best to avoid such decisions in the future – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that this would succeed when we were able to improve what did not work well. We should not be afraid of bold decisions, we should respect each other, talk about law and order, about the freedom of speech. These values are inalienable, in Poland in particular, as for us the word such as freedom and solidarity means much more than in many other places of Europe. We have fought for it for a long time and we will never let it be taken away from us – stated the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stressed that Europe built on values should be able to defend those values. In Europe, we should also remember about respect for sovereign decisions of the individual countries. This is an inalienable value and only in this case we will move forward together – she said.

„Smart means Poland”

On Monday, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Chancellor Angela Merkel will participate in the opening ceremony of the Polish national stand. At the Sunday inauguration of Hannover Messe 2017, the Head of the Polish Government invited the participants in the fair to visit the Polish stands and become familiar with the offer of our native companies, start-ups, scientists and researchers. Thanks to knowledge, creativity and determination, the Poles could change the world. The Poles are behind the discoveries and inventions in many fields of life – mentioned the Prime Minister. We invite you to Poland to see how we develop, what the conditions for economic operators are like, how beautiful Poland is, to see young, smiling people who may make their dreams come true at last – added the Prime Minister, convincing that „Smart means Poland”.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło meets Chancellor Angela Merkel

After opening the fair, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Chancellor Angela Merkel met at the working dinner. The Heads of the Governments talked about the latest issues on the EU agends, inter alia, about the French presidential election, Brexit and migration problem. On Sunday, the French citizens voted during the first round of the presidential election. In turn, on Saturday in Brussels, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Heads of the EU Members States will meet during the European Council summit to adopt the guidelines for negotiating the conditions of Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

The meeting of Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Chancellor Angela Merkel was also an opportunity to discuss the issued of defence policy and Trans-Atlantic relations. The Polish Prime Minister also sought German support for Łódź as a candidate to organise EXPO 2022/23. Poland is one of three candidates to organise the exhibition. We will fight for votes with the United States and Argentina. The decision on granting the right to organise EXPO 2022/23 will be made in November during the General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE).

Fair in Hannover

The fair in Hannover is one of the largest and most prestigious industrial events in the world. This year, Poland is the partner country of the entire project which will end on 28 April.

The Polish stand will occupy about 1.2 thousand square metres. Eleven Polish companies will present their offer there, including Solaris Bus & Coach (producer of buses, including electric buses), Saule Technologies (producer of ultrathin semi-transparent photovoltaic cells), Eko Energetyka (producer of electric vehicles charging devices) or TMA Automation (designer of solutions in the field of robotics and automatics).

Also, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, eight regions, five special economic zones and Office of Technical Inspection will be present at the stand.

In addition, in the start-up zone there will be 18 new, innovative companies and about 200 Polish companies will participate in the fair in total.

In Hannover, apart from the Head of the Government, also Deputy Ministers are present: Minister of Finance and Development Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Science Jarosław Gowin.

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