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  • 9 November 2018

    “Western Balkan countries are key partners in the discussions on Polish leadership of the Berlin Process. Their voice is very important to us,” said in Skopje MFA Secretary of State and Government Plenipotentiary for the Western Balkans Summit Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk. He is paying a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia as part of preparations for Poland’s Berlin Process presidency and next year’s Poznan summit.



    The visit to Sarajevo and Skopje was another stage of consultations held by the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy as part of preparations for the Western Balkans Summit, which is to take place in Greater Poland’s capital city in July 2019. The topics covered during the talks at the ministries of foreign affairs included a preliminary agenda of the event, as well as the Polish government’s priorities for the Polish presidency of the Berlin Process.


    Speaking with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Deputy Foreign Minister Almir Šahović, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk stressed the importance of the Berlin Process presidency to Poland, a country with a recent history of transformation and European integration that today supports the EU’s open door policy. The deputy minister assured his interlocutors that the Polish government attaches great weight to consultations with its Balkan partners. Cooperation in such early stages of summit preparations proves that we want to listen to their voice. “The economy, infrastructure, civic society, culture and youth will be important topics of our Berlin Process presidency. We want to collaborate with embassies to show the culture of the Western Balkans, and engage the inhabitants of Poznan,” declared the deputy foreign minister in Sarajevo.


    During a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Andrej Zhernovski and Advisor to the Prime Minister Bojan Maricic in Skopje, the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy noted that the summit aims to provide real support for European aspirations of the Western Balkan countries. Therefore, the economy, infrastructure and entrepreneurship will be high on our agenda. The summit will also include an EU-Western Balkans Business Forum. Deputy Foreign Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk also emphasised that, apart from political and economic subjects, the event will also have a cultural and social dimension, as bringing societies closer together is the foundation on which good neighbourly relations can be built in the region.


    MFA Press Office

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