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State Secretary František Ružička Meets with a Delegation of Polish MPs

State Secretary František Ružička Meets with a Delegation of Polish MPs

6.2.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

On 6 February 2019, František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs received a delegation of Polish MPs who are members of the Group for Polish-Slovak Friendship of the Polish Sejm, led by its chairman Jerzy Polaczek. [Do I interpret this correctly?] Martin Fedor, Slovak MP and Chairman of the Group of Friendship with the Polish Republic of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, was also present at the meeting.

 

 

State Secretary Ružička positively evaluated the very good Slovak-Polish relations. “Mutual trust, the scale of relations and their quality allows for a friendly discourse and, if necessary, even on problematic issues.” He emphasized that in our cooperation a positive agenda has long prevailed and the inter-parliamentary dialogue has contributed to this significantly.   In this regard, he emphasized the role of parliamentary groups of friendship whose collaboration has been intensified recently and has produced concrete results.

 

 

The partners primarily discussed transport infrastructure and regional and cross-border cooperation.  They assessed the state and prospects of the construction of new road and railway connections.  In this regard, State Secretary Ružička stated: “The completion of the Via Carpathia and other transport connections is of strategic importance with regard to European corridors and their North-South vector, but not only that; it is important that these connections bring concrete benefits to the economic and social development of the border regions, and therefore for our citizens.  The participants of the meeting acknowledged the level of cross-border and regional cooperation in which an ever-greater role has been played by the respective provinces and regions. They appreciated the results of the INTERREG programme and agreed on the need to utilize the funds of the programme as efficiently as possible in the future EU budgetary period.

 

 

In the discussion, the partners focused on the enhancement of cooperation in areas such as economy, defence, and education. At the end they agreed that parliamentary groups of friendship will continue to observe this cooperation and provide new impulses and ideas.