Riga: Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the People’s Republic of China – Central and Eastern Europe summit (16+1) in Riga

This summit is a great opportunity for our region – said the Prime Minister of Poland in Riga before the start of talks under the 16+1 summit.

Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Polish-Chinese cooperation  

As underlined by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Poland has high hopes for the development of economic cooperation with China. The head of the Polish government said that Poland cares about the economic cooperation in the broad sense i.e. the implementation of specific projects with Chinese partners in the field of technological and transport sector. In the opinion of Prime Minister Beata Szydło the participation in the People’s Republic of China – Central and Eastern Europe summit (16+1) is a part of talks between Poland and China. She added that she is also planning to visit China in the next year.

We want to build together transport, sea and railway projects. We are prepared and we will also make such proposals – stated Prime Minister Beata Szydło in the context of the topics discussed at the summit. In addition to talks and bilateral meetings at the summit two documents were signed: Riga Guidelines and China – CEEC Riga Declaration. Moreover, Poland reiterated its declaration on the readiness to create the secretariat for maritime affairs 16+1 in our country in 2017 r. Prime Minister Beata Szydło also took part in the opening of the Business Forum organised on the occasion of the summit.

Bilateral meetings

On the sidelines of the summit the head of the Polish government held bilateral meetings with Prime Ministers of: People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, Latvia, Māris Kučinskis, Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić and Croatia, Andrej Plenković. As underlined by the Prime Minister Beata Szydło “all European countries, which take part in this summit, should work together, we should show unity. China is an important partner for us. It will be a success when we will not compete with each other, but cooperate”.

On the eve of the summit the Prime Minister of Poland met with the Poles living in Latvia in the Polish school of Ita Kozakiewicz.

Riga summit is the fifth summit arranged on the initiative of 16 Central and Eastern European Countries and China.

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