Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: This meeting showed how very similar is our thinking in many fundamental matters

This meeting showed how very similar is our thinking in many fundamental matters that are important for the future of this part of Europe – said the Head of the Polish government after the meeting with the Prime Ministers: of Lithuania – Saulius Skvernelis, of Latvia – Māris Kučinskis, and of Estonia –Jüri Ratas.

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Photo: W. Kompała / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The Prime Ministers' meeting was devoted, inter alia, to the issues of cooperation on the forum of the European Union and NATO, and discussion of the topic related to the regional development of energy and transport infrastructure. The Prime Ministers also raised issues from the current EU agenda, including issues related to the new Multiannual Financial Framework and the development of the Eastern Partnership.

We discussed topics that are very important to us, such as security, the internal market, the EU budget perspective, and migrations. We have also raised topics related to Transport Directives, a mobility package, or deepening the principles of the European single market, where it is in our best interest. I am very happy that we spoke practically unanimously – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The Head of the Polish government today presented, inter alia, Poland's position on migration, and also referred to the planned arrangements for the future EU budget. He also pointed out the importance of energy security, including energy interconnections in the region.

A single voice in many issues

In EU issues, such as the future of the budget, the internal market and transport directives we have a single voice, emphasized Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He added, that the Prime Ministers agreed that NATO is a key alliance for ensuring safety in this part of the world and it is necessary to strengthen this alliance in the East.

The Polish Prime Minister also pointed out that a similar voice of Prime Ministers could be heard in relation to Great Britain leaving the European Union and reduction in budget; we want to increase the budget also from our own means, if necessary.

We also emphasized the importance of policies such as common agricultural policy or common regional, structural and infrastructural funds policy. It is very important to continue to develop our cooperation in this field, said the Prime Minister.

Joint initiatives and reinforced cooperation

We often talk about the Silk Road, but we forget about the Amber Road which already long ago determined trade directions from the North to the South and in the opposite direction. This trade angle hasn’t been adequately exploited. We wish to reclaim it, rebuild it through actual investment, for example in roads, like Via Baltica – said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister expressed hope that completing this project will greatly broaden trade and economic cooperation between Poland and the three Baltic States, similarly to the rail link – Rail Baltica. He also mentioned the agreements, signed today in the presence of prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania, concerning strengthened cooperation in the field of energy and cooperation between ports and the launch of the Szczecin-Klaipėda ferry link.

Poland is prepared to join a project that is very important for the Baltic states – synchronization of the electricity system in line with European standards with a view of eventually disconnecting from Russia and Belarus, so that Baltic States would function in a European system – said the Prime Minister.

Thanking for the invitation to the summit of prime ministers of the Baltic States, the Prime Minister congratulated his counterparts on the major anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Baltic States and invited the prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to this year’s 100-year anniversary of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty.

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