Poland supports Romania's presidency of the Council of the European Union and is convinced that our country will also represent the Central and Eastern European states, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told a press conference on Wednesday alongside his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Melescanu.
To mark a century of diplomatic relations between Romania and Poland, the Polish minister received a digitized copy of 294 archive files from the Romanian minister.
The archive files gather, Melescanu said, "over 100,000 pages referring to Poland's bilateral relations, foreign and domestic politics, the aid granted by Romania to Poland after 1939, the situation of the Polish refugees in Romania, as well as the Polish exile from the time of the WWII."
Speaking about the country's presidency of the Council of the European Union, Teodor Melescanu said that Romania will persistently engage in promoting cohesion as a common European value, overcoming divisions among member countries and identifying ways to strengthen the role of the European Union.
"We welcomed our common approach in favour of a balanced budget that would keep the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy as key positions and policies of the future budget, while providing an adequate response to the new challenges that the European Union is facing in this period," Melescanu pointed out.
He highlighted that Romania and Poland share similar views on the European perspective of the Western Balkans. "We have reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening the enlargement policy that both Romania and Poland support as well as our visions that largely coincide on all lines of action regarding the Eastern Partnership, the support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova," the head the Romanian diplomacy said.
At the same time, Melescanu pointed out that "Romania and Poland want a robust and stable transatlantic relationship." "We appreciate Poland's consistent participation in the implementation of the advanced presence in Romania and the Black Sea region, and in our turn, we also participate in Poland in the efforts to strengthen the NATO presence," the Romanian underscored.
Jacek Czaputowicz brought to mind the Romania-Poland collaboration within the Bucharest 9 format, which includes the countries on the eastern flank of NATO.
"My visit also shows our commitment to working with all the partners in the European Union as well as the desire to find solutions that are acceptable to everyone and decisions that build the future of the European Union. This year we will celebrate 100 years since the diplomatic relations between Poland and Romania were initiated, and it is a symbolic point of reference for our actions," the Polish Foreign Minister said, according to the official translation.
The Polish official spoke about the support that his country intends to give to Romania as the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"Poland will bolster Romania's presidency in accomplishing the important and well established priorities. We are certain that the friends in Romania will respond very well to these challenges, as a spokesman for the Eastern and Central European states that are an integral part of Europe," he stressed.
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Czaputowicz also talked about the transatlantic partnership of Romania and Poland.
"This is what unites us in the foreign policy, our relationship with the United States and we see here a strategic element for the security of this part of the world," Czaputowicz said.