London's Belvedere Forum focuses on Polish-British cooperation

Participants in the fourth edition of the two-day Polish-British Belvedere Forum that started at Chatham House, London, on Tuesday discussed Polish-British cooperation in view of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Established in 2017 by the Polish and British governments, the forum is now jointly organised by Chatham House, a prominent policy institute, and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM).

"The Polish-British Belvedere Forum is a format within which we can discuss difficult issues and jointly arrange solutions to urgent problems. Undoubtedly, it is still possible to strengthen our bilateral relations," said Pawel Jablonski, Polish deputy foreign minister, as he opened the forum. At the Foreign Ministry, Jablonski is responsible for economic and development cooperation and EU law.

On Tuesday, the first day of the get-together, participants discussed the impact Brexit is likely to have on Polish-British relations and ways of strengthening bilateral ties. They also focused on the two countries' policies regarding climate change and the labour market.

According to information on the Chatham House website, the Belvedere Forum is a leading annual British and Polish bilateral dialogue bringing together a diverse group of actors from civil society, politics, business, academia and NGOs. It seeks to strengthen and deepen the extensive partnership between the two countries by exploring political, economic, social and cultural issues through debate and discussion.