Polish, Lithuanian PMs reopen mutual border

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Polish and Lithuanian PMs, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis on Friday morning officially reopened the border between the two countries.

The two met at the Budzisko-Kalvarija crossing, north-eastern Poland where, following short talks, they announced the reopening of the border. Poland's borders with remaining EU countries will open on Saturday.

Addressing a joint press conference, PM Saulius Skvernelis said that the reopening of the Polish-Lithuanian border several hours before the opening of remaining borders carries a symbolic sign of partnership binding the two countries.

"Therefore, maintaining a strategic partnership between Lithuania and Poland is an important task, stressed Skvernelis.

"The traffic which we see behind our backs, shows that our businesses, our countries are cooperating, that the citizens of our countries are in contact and life is actively going on," said Skvernelis.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki thanked his Lithuanian counterpart for consultations and talks in recent months and expressed trust that both countries will continue their good economic, commercial and cultural cooperation.

Morawiecki praised cooperation with Vilnius in key areas, including the new EU budget and joint infrastructural projects.

Speaking of the upcoming negotiations of the EU's next seven-year budget, Morawiecki said that Central Europe wields significant power in the talks as he stressed that Lithuania has similar budget objectives to Poland and other regional partners.

Morawiecki also praised Polish-Lithuanian infrastructural investments and stressed the two countries' joint stance on Belarus, as well as the announced joint plans for investments in infrastructure and in the energy sector.

"We have a similar approach to energy issues. Not only do we understand Lithuania's concerns about the Astravets nuclear power plant, but we also support Lithuania in this regard in all possible European forums, said Morawiecki, but added that both Poland and Lithuania are for close and best possible economic and political cooperation with Belarus.