News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
14 March 2017
The Polish and Belgian top diplomats discussed the future of the European Union, ways of forging closer bilateral ties, and security. “This is a visit by the representative of an important country. A country that’s at the heart of European integration, whose capital city hosts key European and transatlantic institutions. The Belgian envoy is an important European representative who’s worth talking to and consulting with,” Minister Waszczykowski emphasized at the conclusion of the meeting.
The ministers focused on the current European agenda. Minister Waszczykowski reaffirmed Poland’s opposition to a “multi-speed Europe.” Speaking of Poland’s priorities, the minister referred to the protection of common market achievements, making the EU decision-making process more democratic, and a more effective Common Foreign and Security Policy. “We’ve talked about what happened at the recent European Council meeting, and about what could follow in the weeks and months to come. Not only on account of the situation in the Council, but also on account of the situation in those European countries where elections are to be held in the coming months. We looked at the impact these elections could have on how European integration develops,” said the Polish foreign policy chief.
Among other topics, the ministers assessed future developments in bilateral relations. Minister Waszczykowski highlighted Polish efforts to make it possible for our citizens who live in Belgium to learn Polish at Belgian schools. He also underlined the historical ties between Poland and Belgium in the context of the centenary of diplomatic relations, falling in 2019, and commemoration of General Stanisław Maczek’s 1st Armoured Division, which liberated a number of Belgian cities and towns during World War Two.
The Warsaw visit was the second time the two ministers have met this month. Previously they held talks in the Visegrad Group – Benelux format, which took place in Brussels on 5 March.
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