Prime Ministers of Poland and Lithuania meet in Brussels

Donald Tusk: “I am convinced that important issues require an urgent solution, so that they no longer put an additional strain on our mutual relations”.

Photo: M. Śmiarowski / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The head of the Polish government declared that clear progress was required. “The meeting with the Prime Minister of Lithuania makes me cautiously optimistic that those issues will be resolved, by means of relevant statutory regulations, in the nearest future” - he added.

Donald Tusk admitted that the talks with the Prime Minister of Lithuania were devoted to difficult issues, such as the act on national minorities. “It was our intention to make sure that the loyal citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, and those of the Polish nationality are considered such as well, are given an opportunity to have their position concerning the application of standards applied by the Council of Europe improved” - said Donald Tusk.

He also reiterated that he had been talking, since the beginning of his first term in office, with his Lithuanian partners, about the issue of national minorities, official recognition of original pronunciation of first and last names, dual topographic names, Polish education and restitution of land in Lithuania.

Donald Tusk and Algirdas Butkevičius met during the EU-Africa summit held in Brussels.

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