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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, © Tymon Markowski / MSZ

02.11.2018 - Article

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz want to further the Weimar Triangle and work more closely together in the UN Security Council.

At the German-Polish intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw, Foreign Minister Maas and his Polish counterpart Czaputowicz agreed a declaration that defines the strategic priorities for German-Polish cooperation. Both countries support a multilateral, rules-based order and champion a united Europe. Maas and Czaputowicz regard the Weimar Triangle as an important format in the Europe. A Weimar Triangle meeting will be held soon with the French Foreign Minister. In holding the first German-Polish Citizens’ Dialogues in the run-up to the European elections in 2019, Germany and Poland also aim to strengthen the public’s voice.

Fostering exchange among young people

Both ministers see youth exchange between Germany and Poland as a priority. The German-Polish Youth Office is to play a special role in this. Remembrance of the two countries’ at times painful history plays a large part in exchange in civil society. Maas and Czaputowicz support the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim/Auschwitz, which Heiko Maas visited in August, and the International Youth Meeting Centre in Krzyżowa.

Strengthening multilateralism

German-Polish intergovernmental consultations
German-Polish intergovernmental consultations© Tymon Markowski / MSZ

As champions of a rules-based order, Germany and Poland are planning to work closely together during their coinciding membership of the UN Security Council, particularly as regards strengthening international law, as well as on conflict prevention, climate protection and human rights.

Both countries want to strengthen a European Union based on values, both internally and externally. In concrete terms, the two Foreign Ministers see permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) as an important instrument for working even more intensely together on security and defence and investing more in military infrastructure. The Civilian CSDP Compact, through which Europe will restructure and improve its preparedness for and response to civil emergencies, is equally important to both sides.

As regards migration, Germany and Poland are pushing for a common approach by the EU aimed at improving protection of the external borders, among other things. Maas and Czaputowicz also underlined the Western Balkans’ prospect of EU accession and want to integrate these countries more closely into the Union.

Both Germany and Poland are committed to the EU Energy Union and want to further joint energy and climate policy. Although Germany and Poland have divergent opinions on the Nord Stream 2 project, both countries underline European solidarity as regards energy security and the need to diversify the energy supply.

Maas and Czaputowicz want to boost the European economy, primarily by deepening the digital single market. The two countries want to invest more in digital and innovative technologies. The Foreign Ministers agreed to hold a German-Polish economic conference on electromobility.

Call on Russia

Foreign Minister Maas and his Polish counterpart call on Russia to abide by international law, particularly with regard to eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. The sanctions against Russia are directly linked with the country’s lack of willingness to implement the Minsk Agreement in its entirety. Germany and Poland support the reform agenda in Ukraine. The country is an important partner for Germany and Poland, and lasting democratic development is thus also important for the region as a whole.

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