President on official state visit to Brussels
On Wednesday, President Bronisław Komorowski made his first official state visit abroad. He travelled straight to Brussels from Westerplatte, where he had taken part in ceremonies connected with the 71st anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. In the Belgian capital he met with the heads of the three main institutions of the EU.
At a conference with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, Komorowski said that their talks concerned directions of strategic development and integration of the European Union. He assured that there is full agreement between him and the head of the European Commission in these matters and emphasized that this agreement also extends to the political system of Poland. “A historic period when Poland will be able to effectively act as an advocate of European integration starts now,” the president said and added that Poland wants to be one of the leaders of this development. “It will strive to play a significant part in looking for improvements in the mechanisms of European institutions so as to make integration full and effective,” he said.
He stated that Poland has been and remains interested in enhancing European solidarity mechanisms. “We are willing to take part in decisions which are a token of this solidarity but, at the same time, we expect that the cohesion fund will be maintained – it is very important for ensuring that there is real solidarity and that European countries have equal opportunities,” the Polish president said.
After the conference, Komorowski met with the King of the Belgians, Albert II.
At a press conference following his meeting with the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, the president said that “Poland, while presiding over the EU, will strive to enhance EU mechanisms connected with common foreign, energy, and security policies.”
He stressed that his visit to Brussels was aimed at highlighting “Polish involvement, determination, and hopes connected with the process of European integration.”
Afterwards, the President attended a working lunch in which heads of political parties and Polish delegations of PO-PSL, PiS and the left-wing parties also took part. Komorowski then met with Polish Euro-deputies.
In the afternoon at NATO Headquarters, the president met with the Secretary General of the organisation, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
(PAP, own information)