Prime Minister Beata Szydło: I think there will be more and more common goals and areas for cooperation between Poland and Sweden

Sweden is a strategic partner for Poland and we want to intensify our relations, declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the meeting with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden Stefan Löfven.

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Common objectives that unite us

The Prime Minister emphasized that the meeting had provided an opportunity to discuss numerous important issues for both countries. We discussed our bilateral relations, economic relations, our defence cooperation and cooperation within the European Union, she said.  She stressed that Sweden was a strategic partner of Poland in the region and in the Community.

Today’s talks have confirmed that our close relations are not only due to geographic location, but to a similar approach to numerous issues, similar challenges, common interests and similar perception of threats encountered by our region recently, she said.

The talks also concerned the issues related to the agenda of the European Union before the European Council meeting scheduled for Thursday. We focused mainly on issues related to migration crisis and Brexit.  I also discussed the issue of utmost importance for Poland, i.e. Nord Stream II, said Beata Szydło. I think there will be more and more common goals and areas for cooperation between Poland and Sweden, concluded the Prime Minister

Future of the Eastern Partnership

The Prime Minister emphasized the particular importance of cooperation of both countries with respect to the Eastern Partnership, i.e. the programme defining the eastern dimension of the European Union policy initiated by Poland and Sweden.

We agreed that as initiators of the Eastern Partnership we feel especially responsible for its future, stated the Prime Minister. She emphasized the determination pf both parties to jointly work on the reform of the Programme.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło thanked the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for supporting the candidacy of Poland for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. She expressed her hope for close cooperation in the Council, of which Sweden has been a non-permanent member since January this year.

Security and support for Ukraine

We also talked about our relations with the Russian Federation. We discussed threats and issues of concern, signals coming from Russia which raise concerns related to initiatives undertaken by Russia, such as organisation of military drills, and threats coming from disinformation campaigns, said the Prime Minister.

In her opinion these are the threats that should be taken into account by our countries. We should cooperate and exchange information in this regard. The Prime Minister emphasized that she considered this area of cooperation very important.

The Prime Ministers of both countries agreed that international support for Ukraine from both the EU and other important partners and international institutions was crucial for stabilisation of the situation and development of Ukraine. We are glad of our cooperation with Sweden in supporting the reforms in Ukraine, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Intensification of economic cooperation

The Prime Minister informed that economic cooperation had been one of the most important topics discussed by both leaders. She reminded that Poland was a dynamically developing country which implemented an ambitious economic development programme, i.e. Responsible Development Strategy.

We want to extend this economic cooperation to new areas and fields. We hope that our entrepreneurs will be able to cooperate with each other. We are hoping for intensification of contacts with the sector of modern technologies and innovative industries, declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

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