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  • 2 November 2018

    Key international issues, including security policy, Brexit, the Common Financial Framework, and migration were the subjects of talks between Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and chief of German diplomacy Heiko Maas.

    The ministers welcomed the resumption, after a year-long break following German elections, of the format of regular Polish-German intergovernmental consultations. The ministers agreed that close Polish-German cooperation is necessary for the future of European integration. “Poland and Germany share many views on European policy, such as the importance of the common market, the four freedoms, and ensuring the EU’s competitiveness,” emphasised Minister Czaputowicz.



    In this context, the foreign ministers of Poland and Germany have adopted a joint declaration on the major areas of Polish-German cooperation, reaffirming the willingness to develop bilateral relations and relations as part of the EU and NATO, as well as other formats, including the Weimar Triangle. Both sides also expressed their commitment to strengthening the rules-based multilateral international order, particularly to working closely together during their shared membership of the UN Security Council in 2019 and in the UN.


    On the occasion of the meeting, Minister Czaputowicz outlined Poland’s position on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe, stressing the importance of diversifying sources of gas supply to the EU. He furthermore called for meeting NATO’s agreed defence spending criteria to improve the equipment and training of our armed forces, as being in our common interest.


    The ministers took stock of bilateral relations. They underlined the importance of a Polish-German history textbook in overcoming the asymmetries of information about both our countries in school textbooks. “We want to increase German awareness of Polish martyrdom during the Second World War. We are ready to join in measures to commemorate Polish victims and in education programmes for the young generation,” said Minister Czaputowicz. He also mentioned the Polish public’s interest in the initiative to establish a monument in Berlin to Polish victims of the Third Reich. The minister also outlined Poland’s planned actions related to the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII in 2019.


    The head of the Polish MFA highlighted the importance attached by the Polish side to the resumption of talks in the Polish-German Round Table format. In this context, he recalled the relevance of the still unresolved issues concerning the Polish diaspora and Poles in Germany, i.e. education in Polish and the funding for the Polish House in Bochum.


    The two officials furthermore emphasised the need to continue cooperation in the Weimar Triangle format. They noted the close cooperation in the Western Balkans region under the Berlin Process, whose summit is scheduled for 2019 in Poznan, as evidence of the Polish-German partnership.


    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz was invited to Berlin by his German counterpart to continue the talks later this year.


    MFA Press Office



    Joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland

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