Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu paid an official visit to Poland between 6 and 8 December, at the invitation of his Polish counterpart, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski. During the talks with the high Polish officials, the Senate President expressed the interest for boosting the bilateral economic relations.
According to a release of the Senate sent to AGERPRES, Tariceanu met with Poland's President Andrzej Duda, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski, Marshal of the Sejm Marek Kuchcinski, Foreign Affairs Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Minister of Investment and Development Jerzy Kwiecinski.
Moreover, Tariceanu also met with head of the governing party and chairman of Law and Justice Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
He commended the frequency and quality of the dialogue between the two legislative forums of the two countries, highlighting the significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the areas of cooperation, and the formats of dialogue and strategic partnership between states that parliamentary diplomacy has in the current context of global developments.
During the meetings Calin Popescu-Tăriceanu stressed the importance of jointly organized projects, such as the "Trilateral Romania-Poland-Turkey," that is carried out at the level of Parliaments and foreign affairs ministries or the "Bucharest Format" (B9), that is carried out at the level of heads of state, presidents of parliaments or defence ministers of the nine countries securing the eastern flank of NATO.
According to the quoted source, also mentioned was the first parliamentary Summit of the B9 Format, organized at the joint initiative of Romania's Senate President and Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, hosted at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest on April 17-19, 2018.
Tariceanu voiced the interest for boosting the bilateral economic relations, both in trade and investments, showing that the new possibilities provided by the "Three Seas Initiative" cooperation format should be capitalised on in a regional context by quickly initiating a cooperation between the two countries in the transport infrastructure area, as well as in telecommunication and energy.
"Tariceanu stated that the next interval provides Romania an additional opportunity to configure the deeply democratic and European vocation, and have a tangible and effective contribution during the Presidency of the EU Council. He insisted on the importance, in the current stage of European construction, ensuring cohesion at the level of the entire Union, with the rotating Presidency that Romania will take over as of 1 January 2019 having this main goal, both in respect to the negotiation debates of some important files for the future of the EU and in regards to strengthening the policies through which the Union will avoid deepening the cleavages it is currently confronted with," the release mentions.
The visit also includes a trip to Gdansk, the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. There, Tariceanu will meet with Prefect of the Voivodeship Dariusz Drelich, as well as with with members of the board of directors of the Gdansk Port, with representatives of the Group Lotos Board of Directors, operating, refining and marketing oil and gas, and with a group of employees and retirees of the company, graduates of the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti.
On the occasion of his visit to Gdansk, Senate President Tariceanu will lay a wreath at the Monument of Martyrs and tour Sztutowo (34 km east of Gdansk), the Museum of the Stutthof Concentration Camp, the first concentration camp set up outside Germany, which ran from 2 September 1939 to 9 May 1945.