Poland backs EU-Australia free trade agreement

Poland has voiced its support for an EU-Australia free trade agreement. Deputy FM Marek Magierowski expressed hope it will bring the EU as well as Poland numerous economic benefits, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a Thursday press release.

Minister Magierowski made the declaration during a meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group and Australia held in Budapest.

The meeting was devoted to the international situation, regional security as well as co-operation in combating terrorism and to the EU's relations with Australia.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Magierowski met with Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The talk covered bilateral economic co-operation, planned high level visits, as well as co-operation at the UN forum.

The minister said that Poland and Australia share a common view on the most important issues of international affairs. "We should co-operate more closely in key issues for us, including at the UN forum," said Deputy Minister Magierowski.
Australia is an important economic partner of Poland in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent times saw a rapid growth of mutual turnover. Poland has a surplus in trade with Australia for years. In addition, over 130 Australian investors are present in Poland. "We hope that the very good Polish-Australian co-operation will translate into the further development of trade and concrete economic projects. We will support the development of business contacts," stressed Magierowski.