Poland supports Romania's accession to Schengen Area

Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă, PM of Romania and Mateusz Morawiecki, PM of Poland PAP/Rafał Guz

Poland supports Romania's ambitions to accede to the EU's Schengen Area border-control-free travel area; through the dimension of a strong Central and Eastern Europe, we want to build a strong European Union, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.

The PM was speaking after Polish-Romanian consultations in Warsaw.

Before a press conference, the Polish and Romanian governments signed an agreement concerning the graves of soldiers and civilian war victims, as well as places of remembrance dedicated to them. On behalf of Poland, the agreement was signed by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński, and on behalf of Romania, by Defence Minister Mihai-Viorel Fifor.

PM Morawiecki stressed that it was the first international Polish-Romanian consultation during which positions had been agreed upon on a number of issues. He also stated that Polish-Romanian cooperation has been exceptionally positive for years. Morawiecki announced that during the talks, the head of the Romanian government, Viorica Dancila, had raised the issue of historical relations between the two countries, as well as cooperation in the areas of culture, the economy and the military.

The Polish PM pointed out that the two countries will be connected by the Via Carpathia road which is to be constructed in the coming years. "Through the Central and Eastern European dimension we want to build a string European Union," the PM declared. He added that the Three Seas Initiative, grouping the countries between the Adriatic, Black and Baltic seas, is not "against anyone", but rather strengthens the EU and this part of Europe.

"Romania is one of our absolute key partners, both in the fields of economic and trade cooperation, as well as in the fields of defence policy, cultural policy and the broadly understood European policy," Morawiecki said. "Poland supports Romania's ambitions to accede to the Schengen Area."