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  • 25 October 2014

    New impulses for the European Neighbourhood Policy and key threats facing Europe were the main topics discussed by the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland in La Celle Saint-Cloud near Paris

    The meeting in Paris was the first Weimar Triangle meeting since the appointment of Grzegorz Schetyna as foreign minister. “It is a confirmation of our countries’ close partnership. The cooperation between Poland, France and Germany is crucial to solving current political issues in Europe,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy. “The Weimar Triangle not only has a future but also can be effective.”

     

    The ministers discussed the situation in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhood. Coordinating efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak was a major agenda item. The chiefs of diplomacy agreed on the need for European solidarity in the face of this threat. They also said that they expect a lot of the EU Ebola coordinator, a function assigned to the commissioner for humanitarian aid.

     

    The meeting also focused on the situation in Ukraine before the elections that are scheduled for Sunday, and on possible forms of help for Kyiv, in particular for internally displaced persons from eastern Ukraine. “Ukraine has a democratically elected president. Soon, it will also have a democratically elected parliament. It is a progress compared to February when we managed to prevent bloodshed in Maidan,” stressed the chief of French diplomacy Laurent Fabius.

     

    Europe’s southern neighbourhood was also high on the meeting’s agenda, especially in the context of the situation in Libya, Iraq and Syria. Foreign ministers of the Weimar Triangle countries declared their will to pay joint visits to the EU’s southern and eastern neighbours which undergo difficult reforms.

     

    The ministers welcomed the fact that the Member States reached a compromise on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions at the last European Council meeting. According to them, this was possible thanks to a good cooperation between the Weimar Triangle countries, among other things.

     

    During the meeting, Poland, France and Germany drew up joint proposals on the European Neighbourhood Policy reform that is aimed at increasing the EU’s commitment to promote democracy in its neighbourhood. The proposals envisage that the EU should be more realistic and result-based. They will be presented to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and to the commissioner for enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy in the days ahead.

     

    Marcin Wojciechowski

    MFA Press Spokesman

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