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Droutsas and Sikorski discuss EU issues in Warsaw

Δημοσίευση 20 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:41 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Droutsas and Sikorski discuss  EU issues in Warsaw
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Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski held talks here on Wednesday concerning matters that will occupy the upcoming Polish presidency of the European Union during the second half of 2011.

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski held talks here on Wednesday concerning matters that will occupy the upcoming Polish presidency of the European Union during the second half of 2011.

The meeting centred on two different 'geographical' priorities and which of them should get precedence: Eastern Partnership or Western Balkans? According to future Polish presidency the answer, with Greece's support, is both.

Warsaw attaches great importance to developing relations between the EU and east European countries due to its historic ties with that region, while Croatia's EU accession prospect during the term of its presidency also makes it sensitive to matters concerning the western Balkans.

During the meeting, Droutsas discussed the Agenda 2014 being pushed by Greece for the accession of all western Balkan countries to the EU during that year and also the possibility of a EU-Western Balkans summit during Greece's presidency in the first half of 2014.

The two sides also talked about Turkey's accession prospects and holding an EU-Turkey summit to examine these honestly and in depth, renew the prospect for full accession and reaffirm Turkey's obligations in order to qualify for full EU membership.

Both Droutsas and Sikorski agreed that Turkey's accession process was currently at a standstill and that this did not benefit either the EU nor Turkey's candidacy, while it had evident repercussions on the reform process within Turkey.

During the meeting, the Greek minister outlined efforts being made by the Greek government in order to deal with the economic crisis and Sikorski said that his government was closely following the "successful effort of the Greek government to deal with the very difficult situation it had inherited from its predecessor".

The two ministers examined bilateral economic cooperation in tourism, with Sikorski noting that Greece was a preferred destination for Polish tourists and Droutsas noting that the level of bilateral cooperation was very good though "there is always room for further improvement".

Concerning illegal migration, the Greek minister thanked Poland for contributing to the Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) sent by FRONTEX to patrol the Greek-Turkish border and presented the measures, actions and other initiatives taken by Greece to deal with migrants and refugees "in accordance with the obligations arising from international treaties". During his brief visit to Warsaw, Droutsas also met members of the Greek-Polish friendship Parliamentary group.