Minister Schwarzenberg visited Poland
12.12.2010 / 19:30
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg accomplished a working visit to Poland on December 10-11, 2010. Minister Schwarzenberg attended so-called Tischner discussions "Effective conservatism without populism?"
Minister Schwarzenberg met Professor Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Secretary of State Office of the Prime Minister of Poland and representative for issues of international dialogue, Marshal of the Sejm Grzegorz Schetyna and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak.
Promotion of common interests and internal solidarity in the Visegrad Group were discussed in particular. Minister Karel Schwarzenberg proposed a founding of the Visegrad House in Crimea. Location in Ukraine would be of practical and symbolical meaning. Karel Schwarzenberg and Wladyslaw Bartoszewski supported a joint declaration of the Visegrad Group member states to the 20th anniversary of the Visegrad Cooperation. Current political issues of energy security, the Eastern partnership and bilateral cooperation with the Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine were discussed too. Minister Karel Schwarzenberg proposed sharing of the Czech EU presidency experience with Poland.
Minister Schwarzenberg emphasized importance of the parliamentary democracy for the Czech-Polish relations and told about activities of the Czech-Polish Forum at the meeting with Grzegorz Schetyna.
Bilateral cooperation was the main issue of the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak. Karel Schwarzenberg supported a founding of the Czech-Polish Business Forum. The intensifying cooperation on nuclear energy issues and transportation infrastructure were discussed too.