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Monday, 22 July 2013

Ukraine's European integration important for whole Europe


We need to build a conviction that the signing by Ukraine of an Association Agreement with the EU is important for Ukraine and Poland but also for the whole of Europe, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said during a meeting with Polish top rank diplomats.


The president stressed that maintaining EU's cohesion, dynamism and openness are the main goals when it comes to the development of the Union. He urged to take Poland's share of responsibility for the development of the EU and NATO.


"We have to take our share of responsibility for the development of NATO and the EU, we often have to conduct an independent assessment or come out with independent proposals," said the president. He added that "in face of global changes it is especially important to focus on the main objectives - maintaining EU's cohesion, dynamism and openness," said Bronislaw Komorowski.


"This year particularly important is the prospect of signing an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU," said the president. According to him "we need to build awareness and a deep conviction that this is important for Ukraine, Poland, but also extremely important for the whole of Europe."


The president argued that one of the elements of the fundamental change that has taken place in Poland after 1989, is its foreign policy. "Since 1989 we have managed to achieve a lay the foundations of a modern economy, a democratic system and of a civil society," said Bronislaw Komorowski.


Bronislaw Komorowski stressed that the "classical vital strategic goals of Poland's foreign policy - sovereignty, security and development," have been achieved mainly thanks to the effort undertaken during the first 15 years of Poland's independence.


President Komorowski noted that today Poland may take advantage of and strengthen those positive developments but added that the country also faces certain challenges as development conditions are changing "at an accelerated pace."


"The post-2008 crisis brought a deterioration of the international environment of our country. The EU continues to experience a deep crisis, in Eastern Europe there is a regression of democracy visible to the naked eye..." said the president.


Bronislaw Komorowski added that the United States directs more and more attention towards East Asia. "In view of the weakening of the West the world is becoming more multipolar, with positive but also negative effects." The president believes that these changes have an influence on Poland's ability to implement and "on looking after its national interests."


Monday was the first day of this year's conference of Polish ambassadors during which diplomats will discuss the assumptions of Poland's foreign policy in the years 2013-2014 and challenges facing the Polish diplomacy in the coming year. They will also discuss the situation in the EU and in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. (PAP)

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