Poland, Spain argue for swift adoption of EU recovery plan - FM

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Czaputowicz said the Friday talks focused on the EU recovery plan. Luca Piergiovanni/PAP/EPA

Poland and Spain want the European Commission's EU economic recovery plan to be adopted as quickly as possible, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Madrid on Friday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Czaputowicz said the Friday talks focused on the EU recovery plan. He said they both agreed that "decisions on the matter are urgently needed in order to bolster the economies of countries after the crisis brought about by the (coronavirus) epidemic."

"We also share the view that the (EU's) agriculture and cohesion policies should be maintained as they facilitate removing differences between countries and regions of the EU," Czaputowicz said.

Arancha Gonzalez Laya said that the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis must be not only swift, possibly already in July, but also strong.

Gonzalez Laya added that during Friday's talks she and Czaputowicz agreed that, in the first half of 2021, Poland and Spain may organise a meeting of their delegations, headed by the two prime ministers, and organise a joint parliamentary forum.

She said relations between the two countries were very good and added that both countries wanted a stronger economic cooperation.

Czaputowicz said Polish-Spanish political dialogue should be raised to "a higher level." Among possible areas of cooperation, Czaputowicz named defence, trade, investment, tourism, culture, science and education.

Czaputowicz said he and Gonzalez Laya were to meet again at a dinner on Sunday, also to be attended by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy.

Gonzalez Laya thanked the Polish authorities for their "invaluable help" during the coronavirus pandemic.