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Saturday, 21 February 2009

President Kaczyński: I will voice my opinion concerning the Euro by the end of the week

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On Saturday morning in the town of Chyżne, Lech Kaczyński met with the President of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Gašparovič. Afterwards, the two presidents went to the town of Novot where they watched a horse driving race.

A total of 33 Polish and Slovakian drivers participated in this racing competition, the fifth time it has been organised, where the horses pulled either a sleigh or a wooden log the length of the racecourse as quickly as possible. The competition had many supporters, who could also enjoy the sound of folk music or the taste of mulled wine and highland food.

Before the competition began the presidents were welcomed by Franciszek Poleta, the starosta of Novot, while the local children gave them a huge loaf of bread.

As Lech Kaczyński observed, the fact that the people of Poland and Slovakia are capable of having fun together is the best proof that the two nations are close.

From Novot in the Beskidy Mountains, the leaders of Poland and Slovakia headed to Namestovo where, in a short speech, President Kaczyński claimed that he will soon give his full opinion concerning the Euro. He emphasized the fact that Poland has to enter the Eurozone – what remains to be defined is only the date when this will happen. He added that the current crisis will not end when Poland introduces the currency of the European Union. “Every government should now have as much freedom as possible; entering the so-called ‘corridor’ does not increase this freedom but reduces it. I am sceptical in this respect, though I know that Poland will, sooner or later, enter the Eurozone”.

In Namestovo, Lech Kaczyński honoured Ivan Gašparovič with the highest Polish decoration – the Order of the White Eagle. He himself received, from the President of Slovakia, the highest Slovakian decoration – the Order of the White Double Cross.

The two presidents left Namestovo, crossed the border and visited the Polish town of Jabłonka, where they met the local people and representatives of the Slovakian community residing in the Jabłonka district. This was the final stage of the meeting.

The meeting on Saturday was the eighth so far, and the last one before the Slovakian presidential elections, scheduled for 21 March 2009.

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