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  • 6 November 2014

    Challenges ahead of EU foreign policy and the situation in Ukraine dominated the agenda of Minister Grzegorz Schetyna’s meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. The talks took place in Warsaw on 6 November. Poland is the first country the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has visited after assuming office.

    As Minister Grzegorz Schetyna underscored, Federica Mogherini’s choice of Poland as the first EU Member State to visit reaffirms the significant role our country plays in shaping EU foreign policy. “I view this choice as a token of appreciation for Poland’s support for a firm and coherent Common Foreign and Defence Policy, and for our contribution to the discussion about EU foreign policy,” emphasized Poland’s top diplomat. The minister assured the high representative of our readiness to cooperate in strengthening the EU’s international position.

     

    The officials also discussed reform of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the Eastern Partnership. “We must confront an unprecedented security crisis in Europe, both in the Eastern and Southern dimensions of our neighbourhood,” underscored Minister Schetyna. “This calls for enhancing the effectiveness of EU policy and its ability to react quickly,” he pointed out. The foreign minister declared Poland’s readiness to take part in Ukraine peace talks. “We are ready to do this, as was the case last February with the participation of the Weimar Triangle ministers in Kyiv,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy.

     

    Another item on the agenda was the need to work out a new EU strategy towards Russia. Moreover, the top diplomats discussed the further development and functioning of the European External Action Service. “I am confident that Poland will play a very important part, and that it will contribute to a common European policy,” said Federica Mogherini. “We know that the sense of Europeanness is deeply rooted here, not only in Polish politics but also in your society, and that’s the most potent added value of your country,” added the EU foreign policy chief.

     

    During her one-day visit to Warsaw, the high representative will meet with President Bronisław Komorowski, and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

     

    Marcin Wojciechowski

    MFA Press Spokesman

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