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Tuesday, 29 November 2005

A working visit of the President of the Republic of Poland to Brussels

On 29 November 2005, the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, paid a working visit to Brussels.
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski began his visit to Brussels with a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt, following which he met with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the NATO headquarters.
During his meeting with the media, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski told the press about the meetings he had held to thank his partners for the co-operation during his ten-year presidency. Similarly, he offered thanks to journalists.
In response to questions concerning the ongoing work on the EU budget the President said that the British proposal was not a good proposal for Poland, especially if we looked at it from the perspective of the new EU members. He said he hoped that this proposal could be further discussed and emphasised that he could not imagine an EU budget for 2007-2013 being deprived of that great value: European solidarity and assistance to those countries that needed major development efforts, including the new EU members. ‘Hope dies last’, added President Kwaśniewski. ‘So long as the budget has not been adopted, everything is possible.’
In response to a question concerning media reports on alleged secret CIA bases hosted on the territory of Poland, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski offered assurances that there had been no such bases.
The Polish President also met with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
In the evening, Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski was awarded the distinction ‘Statesman of the Year 2005’ by the European Voice magazine for his role in ensuring the peaceful progress of Ukraine’s ‘Orange Revolution’.
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