Poland re-opening the national border with Lithuania
The Polish-Lithuanian border was re-opened at 9.00 a.m. on 12 June. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced it at the Budzisko-Kalvarija border crossing point. The heads of the governments participated in a symbolic opening ceremony of the border which had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are restoring cooperation in many fields. Cooperation involves trade, economic and cultural exchange, as well as tourism said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
He also congratulated Lithuania on its effective management in a challenging time of pandemic.
Border traffic restored
The borders with Lithuania opened already on 12 June 2020. On the night of 12-13 June, Poland restores border traffic within the internal borders of the European Union. Since then, the services present at the border will carry out random checks - the same as before the coronavirus pandemic and the introduction of border restrictions in Poland.
Restoration of border traffic without any additional restrictions, including in particular the obligation of 14 – day travel quarantine, is extremely important for both the citizens and economies of the two countries.
Joint infrastructure investments
Prime Minister Morawiecki also informed about planned joint investments with Lithuania. He added that Via Baltica, Rail Baltica will increase the potential of the Polish-Lithuanian cooperation.
I believe that, thanks to our cooperation, there is a great future for the Lithuanian nation and for Poland, and that, as a result, there are great opportunities in the EU concluded the Prime Minister.
Discussion of the heads of the Polish and Lithuanian governments
During the meeting, the Prime Ministers of Poland and Lithuania held a short discussion on bilateral, energy and defence cooperation issues and current affairs on the European agenda.
Prime Minister Morawiecki referred to yesterday's summit of the Visegrad Group Heads of States held in Brno. He stressed "the common and coherent position developed within the Visegrad Group on the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework".
Looking at our close cooperation with the whole Lithuanian nation, as well as with the Visegrad Group, I know and see clearly how strong Central Europe is in the face of the approaching negotiations said the head of the Polish government.
The Prime Minister also met with officials of the National Revenue Administration working at the Polish-Lithuanian border crossing point Budzisko-Kalvarija.