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  • 24 November 2017

    "The declaration adopted by the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels is a sensible compromise, which is backed by a plan of concrete measures to foster the integration of EaP countries with the EU," Minister Witold Waszczykowski said in Brussels on Friday.


    "We have reaffirmed our recognition for the European aspirations of our partners, and we have set specific goals for the future," the Polish foreign minister emphasised at today's meeting of the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) foreign ministers with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. The minister recalled that Poland has always been in favour of an open door policy and membership prospects for EaP countries.

    The talks took place in the margins of the EaP summit, in parallel with a meeting of the EU and EaP heads of state and government with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President  Donald Tusk. Poland was represented by Prime Minister Beata Szydło.


    The ministers' talks with Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn were concerned with the EaP's future in the time frame until 2020 and beyond, as well as reforming its structure. According to Minister Witold Waszczykowski, more emphasis should be placed on achieving the objectives that have been set. "It is imperative that we have a clear political vision of cooperation, and adopt a more cross-cutting approach. We cannot allow Partnership meetings to be only about technical talks on carrying out reforms.‎"

    Moreover, Minister Witold Waszczykowski discussed the EaP's long-term future. As he pointed out, nine years after the Partnership's inception we have developed a legal basis of mutual relations. In his words, the EaP will focus in the future on fulfilling its assumed obligations. "We must concentrate on those fields of EaP sectoral cooperation that yield the most added value in other areas, translate into palpable benefits for our citizens, and are acceptable to all the EU and EaP countries. In my opinion, such fields include en‎hancing mutual transport, energy, digital and people-to-people  connectivity, supporting young people, and increasing the EaP's resilience," added Poland's top diplomat.

    The foreign ministers' meeting was organised on the initiative of High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn.



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