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  • 11 October 2018

    "I am happy with the outcome of our first bilateral consultations," Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said after a meeting with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok.

    "We have discussed topical issues on the European and international agenda, identifying  fields where we could strengthen our collaboration," added the Polish minister.


    Topics related to the European Union included the new Multiannual Financial Framework, Brexit, the internal market, migrations, the EU's external relations, neighbourhood policy, and  Common Security and Defence Policy. The ministers also talked about cooperation within NATO and the United Nations Security Council, of which Poland and the Netherlands are both non-permanent members. Moreover, the Polish and Dutch chiefs of diplomacy referred to preparations in the run-up to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). Another topic raised at the meeting was bilateral cooperation, including Polish workers and respect for their rights in the Netherlands. "I called on the Dutch administration to take active measures in the fight against dishonest employment agencies," said Minister‎ Czaputowicz


    The Polish and Dutch foreign ministers held their consultations on the sidelines of the 28th Utrecht Conference. Organized today in Warsaw, it brought together experts from both countries. "The Conference‎ is a valuable forum of cooperation that allows us to better appreciate our positions and look for common intiatives we might partner in," Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at the inauguration of the session. He said he was glad that Poland and the Netherlands were in agreement about many items on the European and international agenda. "Taking this successful format as a model, we have set up similar mechanisms aimed at helping other countries," added Poland's top diplomat.


    Alongside MFA officials, the five working groups were made up of Polish and Dutch experts from the ministries of defence, finance, the environment, energy, and the economy. The deliberations were devoted to the EU's economic agenda, external policy, and security policy. Also discussed was energy and climate policy.


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