Polish and Croatian PMs discuss common interests, in Warsaw

2019-07-04 18:06 update: 2019-07-05, 14:20
Photo PAP/Wojciech Olkuśnik
Photo PAP/Wojciech Olkuśnik
PM Mateusz Morawiecki and his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic met in Warsaw on Thursday to discuss the friendship between the countries and their common interests in the European Union.

Poland and Croatia have always had friendly ties, but their EU membership also means they have common interests which they can support together, Morawiecki told a press conference after the talks. He added was very happy to see Plenkovic in Poland, and said the Croatian PM's visit was a "very evident" token of the friendly relations between both countries.

"This is a very evident token of Polish-Croatian friendship, economic relations, but also the bonds between our peoples, which are becoming increasingly multi-faceted (...) and include tourism, as well as trade and Polish investment in Croatia," Morawiecki said, adding that Croatia was also showing a rising interest in Poland.

Morawiecki stated that Croatia and Poland had always been bound by friendly ties, but stressed that as EU members, they also had common interests around which they could pool their forces. In this context, he said both countries were sure to adopt a common stand in talks on the next EU budget, as he and Plenkovic believed "a good budget for Central Europe was a good budget for the entire EU."

Morawiecki also mentioned Polish-Croatian cooperation in security matters on the NATO platform, which he called "extremely important".

Morawiecki said he and Plenkovic also discussed the construction of road, rail and gas forwarding corridors from Northern to Southern Europe as a means to raise both countries' energy security and trade potential.

Turning to political matters, Morawiecki stressed that Poland strongly supports the Western Balkan countries' EU accession, and in this context underscored the importance of the Berlin Process as a European integration platform for the Balkan region.

Referring to the Wednesday-ended EU summit which elected the Community's new authorities, Morawiecki voiced hope that the EU will continue its integration policy towards the Balkan states with greater momentum.

Plenkovic pointed to the achievements of the Central-East European countries, especially in upgrading infrastructure. Referring to Croatia's relations with Poland, he stressed that both were "befriended Slavic countries" which supported each other in economy and trade. He also voiced contentment over the large Polish tourist traffic to Croatia, and rising cultural exchange between both countries.

Plenkovic also referred to his country's cooperation with Poland in the EU and NATO, and pointed out that Croatia would soon be taking over the EU's rotating presidency. He added that it was crucial for both countries to adopt a common position in EU budget talks.

Referring to the Balkan states' EU integration process, the Croatian PM admitted that it "was not a process that takes place from one day to the next," but stressed that integration policy had to be "visible and well-managed." (PAP)