- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Czech PM Petr Fiala Meets Polish Government to Discuss Ukraine, Energy Cooperation, and EU Agenda
Katowice, [Date] – Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and nine other ministers from various Czech ministries are set to hold discussions with representatives of the Polish government in Katowice today. The talks are aimed at addressing critical issues such as the situation in Ukraine, cooperation in energy and transport infrastructure, and the current agenda of the European Union. This intergovernmental consultation between the Czech Republic and Poland marks the eighth time the cabinets have come together to foster bilateral relations and find common ground on pressing matters.
The meeting is expected to be attended by key officials from the ministries of foreign affairs, defense, industry and trade, agriculture, finance, transport, regional development, environment, and science. The last joint meeting took place in Prague last June, where topics such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, refugee wave, energy and transport cooperation, and the Czech EU presidency were addressed.
One of the main points of discussion will be the further assistance to Ukraine, with both countries pledging to support Ukraine in terms of military aid, including the supply of weapons and the training of Ukrainian soldiers. The situation in Ukraine remains a significant concern for the region, with both the Czech Republic and Poland actively seeking effective military, material, and political support for the country.
The meeting also aims to strengthen cooperation on various projects, including the Stork II gas pipeline, and the Czech Republic’s investment plan for the next ten years. Transport Minister Martin Kupka plans to discuss the Euro 7 emission standard, an issue on which both the Czech Republic and Poland have reservations alongside France and Italy. Additionally, the ministers will discuss connecting infrastructure between the two nations.
Agriculture Minister Marek Vyborny will address the situation on agricultural markets concerning Ukraine and the impact of increased imports. The response to Russia’s termination of the grain agreement and the coordination of the EU agriculture ministers’ meeting will also be discussed. Topics such as genomic techniques, animal welfare, and pesticide regulation will be on the agenda.
Regional Development Minister Ivan Bartos aims to discuss priorities of cohesion policy, the Fair Transformation Fund, and the cross-border Interreg program. Meanwhile, Science, Research, and Innovation Minister Helena Langsadlova seeks to strengthen cooperation in science and research, with a particular focus on quantum networks and the Horizon Europe program.
The meeting is an opportunity for the Czech Republic and Poland to reaffirm their commitment to mutual cooperation and addressing regional challenges together. By engaging in open dialogue and seeking solutions, the two countries hope to foster greater stability and prosperity in the region while strengthening their relations within the European Union. The outcomes of this meeting are expected to lead to further consultations and practical steps in the future to address shared concerns and common goals.
Article by Prague Forum