Prime Minister Beata Szydło with the heads of the governments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Tallinn

United and coherent Europe will be stronger and this is the desire of all four States which are present at today's meeting – said the head of the Polish government at a meeting in Estonia.

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Today's meeting was an occasion for very good discussions about our cooperation and dialogue in the region – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło, expressing gratitude for the invitation to Tallinn. The head of the Polish government emphasized the importance of cooperation and mutual partnership of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Safety, energy projects and infrastructure

Together we will implement the energy and infrastructure projects, – said the head of the Polish government. Prime Minister Szydło drew attention to the coincidence of interests of the four Baltic States. She stressed that the cooperation in international fora of the Baltic countries makes them actively committed to solving problems in the region and in the world. Further intensification of our relations in both bilateral and multilateral dimension acquires special significance in relation to the uncertainty about the security of this part of Europe.

The Prime Minister stressed that Poland is involved in the ensuring security of the Baltic States. Since the 1st of May, the Polish Contingent Orlik for the seventh time has been taking part in protection of the airspace of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia within the Baltic Air Policing NATO mission.

Beata Szydło emphasized the fact that Polish soldiers also take part in numerous training exercises and maneuvers carried out in the territory of the Baltic States. She also stressed that Poland was continuing its efforts to strengthen NATO presence in the Baltic sea region. We are also actively involved in projects improving the energy security of our countries in a wider dimension and also the entire region of the European Union. We continue to carry out the implementation of infrastructure projects such as Rail Baltica and Via Baltica. We hope to use the opportunity to apply for EU funding for the implementation of the tasks planned within the framework of these projects.

The unity and cohesion of the European Union

Prime Minister Beata Szydło said that today's meeting provided a good opportunity for a constructive conversation about the future of the European Union. The Brexit and important discussion about how to establish good relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom are ahead of us. We agreed that the key factor in these negotiations should be the unity and cohesion of the European Union. This is the basis for us that we could talk about the future of Europe, – emphasized the head of the Polish government.

The single market as the foundation of the European Union

In the course of negotiations with the heads of governments of the Baltic States, Prime Minister Beata Szydło stressed the importance of the single market of the EU. The Prime Minister said that from the point of view of Poland, it is one of the basic problems that emerges on the horizon of the European Union’s future. She added that the signals coming from different parts of Europe, which undermine the idea of the common market rise concerns. We need to defend very strongly the foundation of the European Union. The single market is the future of the European Union, and this awareness in member States should be strongly emphasized – said Beata Szydło.

In closing the conference, Prime Minister Beata Szydło expressed hope for the constructive cooperation during the Estonian presidency in the EU Council. Estonia will take up this role at the beginning of July. This will be the first EU presidency in the history of this country.

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