Prime Ministers of Poland and Finland: reinforcement of security is the greatest challenge

The main topics of the talks held by the Prime Ministers of Poland and Finland included security, cooperation in the area of innovation and the EU future after Brexit. On Thursday, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, invited by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, came to Warsaw.

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Polish-Finnish cooperation in the area of security and economy

Finland is an important bilateral partner of Poland in the region and in the EU - stressed Prime Minister Beta Szydło who accompanied the Finnish Prime Minister at the press conference.

Polish-Finnish talks provided an opportunity to share the opinions - on security, hybrid threats and terrorism in the first place, and on the regional cooperation. Our cooperation in the area of security is pursued based on cooperation of Finland and NATO - said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She also announced that Poland would engage itself in the development of a EU excellence centre for combatting hybrid threats in Finland.

She emphasized that the security topic will probably occupy the European states and leaders in the next year. We will have to face many times great and important challenges associated with reinforcement of the security of Europe, our region, our countries, and discussions on the world peace - she said.

The Prime Ministers also talked about enhancing the bilateral relationships, including the cooperation in the areas of economy and innovation. For Poland, innovation bears great importance and we rely on it in our Plan for Responsible Development which we now pursue. We want to make innovation a symbol of our economy - stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Future of the EU after Brexit and immigration crisis

Another topic of the talks held by Prime Minister Beata Szydło with the Prime Minister of Finland concerned the future of the EU after Brexit as well as the immigration crisis and how to solve it. We are definitely against allocations. We are in favour of humanitarian aid enhancement and problem solving outside the EU, and EU external borders reinforcement - Polish Prime Minister recalled the position of Poland on migration. 

Centenary of Finland’s independence

The Head of Finland’s Government - Mr Juha Sipilä - came to Warsaw on a working visit. The visit took place in a special moment because Finland celebrates its centenary of independence this year. On this occasion Prime Minister Beata Szydło wished all Finns all the best.

On Thursday evening the Prime Minsters, Beata Szydło and Juha Sipilä, participated in the opening of an exhibition “Echa - 100 years of Finnish architecture and design” in the Museum of Polish Jews History. During the event the Prime Minster said that she was honoured by the fact that Warsaw is the first town where Finland starts celebrating its anniversary of independence. She emphasized that the independence Day was always exceptional and important for each country. We must remember from where we come and where our roots are. We have to think about it in the light of our future and generations to come.

Prime Minster said that Poland and Finland share the experience of complicated history and past years, but she emphasized the there are many issues we pursue together in the European Union and in Europe. She added: Poland and Finland are brought together by the common good future. We should both care to transfer to the future generations what is the best, and in the first place this should be peace and security. While looking forward we should both remember about the past and build on our friendship and our relationships.

The exhibition displays the selected works of the Finnish designers and architects. The exhibition intentionally is placed in the Warsaw museum - the museum building was designed by Mahlamaki & Lahdelma Architects Studio. The exhibition was organised on the occasion of the centenary of the Republic of Finland.

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