Prime Minister Beata Szydło: Poland and Slovakia are determined to defend the common market

Poland and Slovakia are connected by a common perspective on various issues in the European agenda – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło after completing Polish-Slovak intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Slovakia is an important political and economic partner of Poland, it is the country of our friends. We cooperate in many strategic areas relevant to the interests of our countries, economic operators and citizens – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico.

As indicated by the Prime Minister, Poland and Slovakia were determined to defend the principles of the common market against protectionism. It is also about defending the equal rights of our citizens and economic operators in the common market, which today is limited by the protectionism of the Member States and Brussels itself.

Polish-Slovak strategic cooperation

The Wednesday meeting of the heads of Polish and Slovak Governments was an opportunity to recapitulate cooperation in the field of energy security, transport infrastructure, economy, security and defence, environmental protection, justice and home affairs, social policy and tourism. It is necessary to continue investment projects aimed at creating a modern Polish-Slovak transport system – stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The head of Polish Government indicated that the subject of her particular concern was also to guarantee energy security and to build the gas connection between Poland and Slovakia. With real satisfaction, we accepted the decision that the EU had granted co-financing of more than EUR 100 million for carrying out construction work on both sides of the border – said the Prime Minister.

The Polish-Slovak intergovernmental consultations, apart from the Prime Ministers of both countries, were attended by, inter alia, the Ministers of Development, National Defence, Justice, Energy, Environment, Family, Labour and Social Policy as well as the Deputy Ministers of Ministries in charge of home affairs, infrastructure and tourism. As announced by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, the meetings in that formula would be continued. The joint Polish-Slovak declaration which has been signed, will be a further impetus for further sectoral cooperation in the so-called areas of enhanced partnership – she informed.

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