New EU leaders should concentrate on economic growth - Polish FM

2019-07-10 18:59 update: 2019-07-15, 21:50
Photo PAP/Leszek Szymański
Photo PAP/Leszek Szymański
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Wednesday that the incoming heads of EU institutions should focus their efforts on building economic growth, preventing protectionism and supporting an ambitious EU budget.

Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Czaputowicz said Poland and Luxembourg had good bilateral and multilateral relations. 

He said the Warsaw talks had confirmed that the two countries sought to develop cooperation in the political, economic and cultural-academic dimensions. He also expressed the expectation that the upcoming 2021 centenary of diplomatic relations between the two countries would serve as a stimulus for strengthening ties. 

"We also appreciate cooperation within the Visegrad Group - Benelux countries format," he said. "We hope for further meetings within that grouping, which would be an opportunity to discuss the current EU agenda," Czaputowicz continued, adding that he had talked with Asselborn about the possible dates of meetings within that format at the foreign ministerial level. He noted that there is also interest in a meeting at the prime ministerial level. 

The head of Polish diplomacy also stated that the talks had touched upon current European issues. "In Poland's assessment, the new institutional cycle in the European Union and the new strategic agenda provide an opportunity to reform the European project," Czaputowicz said. 

He went on to say that Poland considered the European Council's recent decisions concerning candidates for key positions a "good compromise."

"We believe that the new heads of EU institutions should concentrate their efforts on prompting economic growth, preventing protectionism and supporting an ambitious EU budget," the Polish foreign minister stated. (PAP)