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  • 14 May 2019

    On the first day of his Brussels visit, the chief of Polish diplomacy took part in a Foreign Affairs Council meeting and a meeting of EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) foreign ministers to mark the programme’s 10th anniversary.

    “As the initiator of the Eastern Partnership, Poland is actively involved in discussions on its future,” said Minister Czaputowicz after the ministerial meeting on the Eastern Partnership’s tenth anniversary. The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the programme’s achievements and to discuss its future. “Ten years on since the programme was set up, we need to be ready to make the Eastern Partnership structurally stronger,” explained the chief of Polish diplomacy. He added that Poland made a number of concrete proposals which should contribute to strengthening and deepening cooperation between the EU and EaP countries. “They address three main areas: approximation of legislation, sectoral cooperation and institutionalisation,” explained Minister Czaputowicz. 

     

     

    The main topic of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting was the situation in Libya and the Sahel region. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé also took part in the discussion on Libya. The Council has adopted a declaration expressing the EU’s support for the political process under the auspices of the UN and calling on the parties to the conflict to end the fighting and return to political dialogue. Minister Jacek Czaputowicz stressed the importance of maintaining the EU28’s unified position, while stressing the need for appropriate action by the UN Security Council. Poland is ready to take action to reach a consensus within the UNSC in this respect, including by coordinating actions with the Council’s European members.

     

    The foreign ministers’ discussion on the Sahel focused on the EU’s support for the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which aims to counter threats to the region’s security, including terrorism and Islamist militia operations. 

     

    During the Council meeting, the chief of Polish diplomacy presented the results of the Berlin Process Ministerial Meeting in Warsaw this April and the state of preparations for the Western Balkans Summit which will take place in Poznan on 4-5 July. He also raised Russia’s actions in the context of presidential elections in Ukraine, calling for a strong EU response to these actions.

     

    While in Belgium, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also took part in a reception organised by the Polish Embassy in Brussels on the occasion of the Third of May Constitution National Holiday.

     

    The Eastern Partnership continued as a theme of the 2nd day of the diplomacy's chief visit. 

     

    “We can say that the Eastern Partnership is a successful programme. We are now at a moment when we should chart a direction for the future and define what the programme should be like for the next ten years to come,” Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at a conference convened to discuss the Eastern Partnership’s (EP) achievements and challenges.

     

     

    At the high-level conference held in Brussels to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, the Polish foreign policy chief outlined measures that aim to enhance and consolidate cooperation between the EU and EP countries. They focus on three key areas: law approximation, sectoral cooperation and institutionalization. Minister Czaputowicz’s proposals included establishing a secretariat, launching a rotating EP presidency and creating a Regional Economic Area for the Partnership. “The EP countries are not the same. They have different aspirations for the level of their cooperation with the European Union. But the Eastern Partnership reflects an approach that can bring benefits for all,” said Minister Czaputowicz. He went on to say that ten years into the Eastern Partnership, it has the potential to forge closer links between the European Union and its eastern neighbours. “Together we should devise an ambitious political agenda that will make the Eastern Partnership attractive for all its members and specifically for ordinary citizens,” urged the minister.

     

    In Brussels, Poland’s top diplomat and Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania presented the winners of a student contest for the best essay on the future of the Eastern Partnership with honorary diplomas. The contest was a joint Polish-Lithuanian initiative. Six laureates, one for each EP country, were selected out of almost 70 contest entries. During the ceremony, Minister Czaputowicz congratulated the winners and explained the idea behind the contest: “We wanted the debate on the future of the Eastern Partnership to fully embrace the dreams and aspirations of young people.”

     

    source: MFA Press Office

     

    Photo Tymon Markowski / MFA

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