PARIS | WARSAW – Macron made peace with Warsaw

French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed a “turning point” in relations with Poland, during the first day of his two-day visit to Poland on Monday (3 February). 

During the first day of his two-day visit to Poland, French President Emmanuel Macron met with his counterpart, Andrzej Duda, and discussed partnership within the EU and upcoming challenges. In their presence, ministers of both countries signed a programme for strategic cooperation, and a declaration regarding the consolidation of Polish-French cybersecurity cooperation.

For his part, Macron used the opportunity to voice concerns about the judicial reforms, which governing party Law and Justice (PiS) argues are needed to tackle corruption, and reiterated that it is in “the interest of Europe, France and Poland to establish a demanding political dialogue with Russia”.

Macron also put forward the idea of the Weimar Triangle (France, Germany, Poland) meeting in the next months.

“I hope that this visit, our exchanges, will mark a real turning point…in the role that we can play together for the Europe of tomorrow”, said Macron, speaking to the press alongside Duda. Macron also called for reinforcing cooperation on energy and military matters between Paris and Warsaw.

Duda expressed Poland’s willingness to participate in the joint project of the European Main Battle Tank, currently developed by France and Germany but without Poland. 

Macron also met with Prime Minister Morawiecki, with whom he signed another declaration on European cooperation. Morawiecki emphasised that Macron’s visit was “groundbreaking”, as “the new chapter of our relations has opened”.

Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, who also met with the French president, said that “the talks Macron held in Warsaw will contribute to a new opening for Polish-French relations in the field of entrepreneurship, scientific exchange, social issues, as well as the respect for the rule of law”.

Macron will give a lecture at the University in Kraków today and is expected to address the need to follow the rule of law. (Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl, EURACTIV.FR)

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