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Monday, 5 March 2007

A European Constitution is essential

On 5th March 2007 in the afternoon President Lech Kaczyński met with former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Richard von Weizsaecker on his visit in Poland.


The meeting was followed by a press conference, during which President Lech Kaczyński said inter alia:

”Ladies and Gentlemen!
Together with the President we discussed matters connected with the European Union, matters connected in part with our bilateral relations. We spoke about the European Treaty and in part about issues, which will be covered in the discussion with Chancellor Merkel on 16th and 17th March. I am full of optimism after this talk, for though there were some areas where we differed, in very many matters we were in agreement. The President is a person with great authority in Germany and in Europe as a whole, hence this discussion as I see it was extremely important, interesting, long and I think also an anticipation of what will happen on March 16th in the evening and 17th March in the morning, when I speak with Chancellor Merkel.

I say again: we spoke about the Treaty, about bilateral relations, we recalled history – the more distant and the more recent one. We together agreed that the concept of Europe as an entity of great importance internationally, on a global scale is very close to us. We agreed that a European Constitution under this or another name (mind you, Poland is not against the name of “constitution”) is indeed extremely essential. We agreed that it must take time, but not too long – in short, already the German Presidency should bring about some conclusions towards its end. Later there will be the matter of deciding on specific solutions and I think that in 2009 we will be able to move into the implementation phase, i.e. to ratification. It is hard to say when it would end but let us hope it is as soon as possible.

I wish to underscore the very friendly nature of this discussion: I wish to underline how extremely supportive our partner – President von Weizsaecker – is for Poland. I want to emphasise that President von Weizsaecker is the person who for decades now has been acting in support of Polish-German reconciliation – in the new circumstances after 1989 and also in the earlier years when indeed not the German state but the German nation was divided into two states, with Poland being a subordinated state. I wish to thank President von Weizsaecker for this meeting. It was indeed a pleasure and an honour for me to receive the President. I hope we will be able to meet again in various circumstances. The President is always welcome to visit Warsaw – my invitation remains valid, at least until the end of my term of office, and that some time to come.”
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