Prime Minister: bilateral relations with Poland are getting ever stronger


2018 09 14


Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz to discuss economic cooperation, defence and security, culture and foreign Policy.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis noted Poland’s importance as the closest regional strategic partner sharing with Lithuania particularly close ties and progress in many areas.
“We welcome our busy bilateral economic cooperation and the ever growing trade. Poland is the third largest trading partner in Lithuania, it is the sixth market in terms of investment and the fourth by inbound tourism. Since May this year LOT Airlines has increased the number of flights from Lithuania. We hope that this will encourage business and people-to-people contacts”, said the Prime Minister.
The Head of Government expressed an idea of resuming the Lithuanian-Polish Economic Cooperation Commission, which stopped its meetings back in 2012. This may as well serve to open up new opportunities for cooperation.
As of 9 May, Lithuania has been retransmitting Polish TV channels. The South-Eastern region of Lithuania has access to five television programmes broadcast on the digital terrestrial television network. Prime Minister Skvernelis asked the Polish Government to consider following suit with respect to Lithuanian programmes in Suwalki region of Poland.
The Polish Foreign Minister said that he was well aware of the importance of this issue and promised that the Government would seek for solutions.
The interlocutors noted the same security challenges in the region for both Lithuania and Poland, which called for joint planning for regional defence and exercises. Lithuania has a particular appreciation of the bilateral security cooperation and is grateful for Poland’s significant contribution to the security of the region. Lithuania strongly supports Poland’s dedication to secure regular presence of US forces in Poland, which would provide additional security guarantees for the entire region.
It was emphasised that Lithuania and Poland have to continue their united and coordinated actions with regard to Russia, as this is the only way to ensure peace and stability in Europe.
The Prime Minister expressed Lithuania’s appreciation for Poland’s stance as regards electricity from the Astravyets NPP. Ensuring nuclear safety in the region should be a common concern for the entire EU. Finally, it was noted that Poland’s support for the strategically important project of the Baltic grid synchronisation with the European network was very important.