Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

Bruxelles, 02/06/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160602_04

Warsaw, 2 June 2016 

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Thank you very much, Mr President. It is for me indeed a pleasure to come back to Warsaw. Poland was the first Member State I visited after I took office in November 2014. And it is very important for me to pay this visit just a month before the NATO summit, to prepare for that, to exchange views on the preparations on the political level of the NATO Summit. 

I was just a few days ago with the NATO Secretary General, who I know also visited Warsaw recently, to prepare the deliverables for the summit in terms of EU NATO cooperation. The work on a joint declaration is ongoing and going well, because we work together with NATO in many different fields, in particular regarding hybrid threats, our cooperation in theatres in the Mediterranean, in the Aegean, with a special attention to cyber threats as well. 

So there is a lot that the European Union will bring to the NATO summit in Warsaw, and this has been indeed at the core of our exchanges with the President. We have also discussed the many crises that Europe has in its neighbourhood unfortunately and the role that the European Union, with a strong contribution of Poland, is having in trying to solve some of them and trying to prevent some others: for sure, the crisis in Ukraine, as the President has mentioned, where for the European Union the full implementation by all sides of the Minsk Agreements and our active support to Ukraine in its difficult endeavours and in its reform agenda stay essential. And on this, we know that we always can count on Polish active and strong contribution as well as on strong Polish input in our relations to all our Eastern partners. 

The contribution that Poland is giving to the EU foreign policy and security policy is strong, essential, and let me say that I know very well that this is also a strong feeling of the Polish people. From what I see in Brussels, Poland is a strong Member State, a strong member of the family. I know very well how strongly the Polish people feel about that, about being part of the Union, about being part of the family. Part of the reason of my visit here is also to send a very clear message that this feeling is fully shared in all different angles of the European Union. The fact that Poland is contributing to the European Union in such a determined way is something that we appreciate very much. 

And we look forward to further work together ahead of the NATO summit and afterwards, as we will be presenting the Global Strategy of the European Union, on implementation of the Strategy in all its different chapters including also the one on security, which is part of it. Thank you very much. 

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