Prime Minister Beata Szydło: Poland attaches great importance to regional cooperation. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are our allies and friends

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Beata Szydło met with the Prime Ministers of Lithuania and Latvia and with the Ambassador of Estonia at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The main topics discussed included the European policy, regional cooperation and security.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Consultations with the Prime Ministers of Lithuania and Latvia and the Ambassador of Estonia

Prime Minister Beata Szydło said that today’s consultations with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are bound by common objectives and interests in such areas as security, eastern policy, energy and infrastructure. We have similar views on key challenges and processes in the international environment, she added. The Prime Minister said that the talk also covered infrastructural connections in the region, such as Via Baltica or Rail Baltica. In her opinion: successful completion of those projects will stimulate economic development of our countries and the entire region.

Cybersecurity

During our meeting, we discussed key challenges for regional security. We are closely monitoring the events near the European Union’s eastern border, said the Prime Minister. Poland sees the need to intensify cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and digital security at the EU and NATO forum and in the region, emphasized the Prime Minister. Beata Szydło said that the upcoming EU digital summit in Tallinn would provide an opportunity to discuss the methods of counteracting hybrid threats, including in the area of cybersecurity, and disinformation.

Posted workers

The topics discussed included also the currently negotiated amendments to the Directive on posting of workers. We are very concerned to see the tendency to undermine the foundations of the Union, i.e. four freedoms of the single market, said the Prime Minister. We hope that a compromise taking into account the interests of entrepreneurs from our region will be possible upon revision of the Directive on posting of workers, also thanks to the involvement of the Estonian presidency, she added. The Prime Minister declared that we will jointly strive to guarantee transparency and easy application of new rules.” She emphasized that “we will not agree for the rules which in practice would mean the elimination of carriers from our region from the common market.

Eastern Neighbourhood of the EU

The talks also concerned Eastern Neighbourhood of the EU in relation to the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in November in Brussels. We agree with the opinion that the partnership should have a specific policy vision and specific objectives to be achieved in the near future. Now it is of particular importance to ensure security and economic growth of Europe. We share the view that to increase competitiveness we must build an open and innovative economy, at the same time eliminating the barriers on the single market, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

During the meeting, a joint position was agreed on the subsequent financial perspective in the EU after 2020 and a joint position on Eastern Partnership before the summit in Brussels.


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