Polish Senate speaker to meet French president on Monday

A meeting is planned for Monday evening between Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki and French President Emmanuel Macron, the Senate Information Centre (CIS)'s deputy director, Anna Godzwon, has informed PAP.

The discussion will touch on Franco-Polish bilateral relations and parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, among other issues.

The CIS deputy director said further details of the talks will be made available soon.

The programme for President Macron's visit to Poland on February 3 and 4, was presented by his advisor, Emmanuel Bonne, on Thursday. On Monday the French president will commence his visit with a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda. Next he will talk to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the speakers of the Sejm (lower house of parliament) and Senate.

In the afternoon, Macron will meet representatives of the French community in Poland. In the evening a dinner is planned with Polish intellectuals and cultural representatives including Gazeta Wyborcza editor-in-chief Adam Michnik, director Agnieszka Holland, journalist and historian Marian Turski and filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski.

On Tuesday, Macron is scheduled to travel to Krakow in southern Poland, where he will visit the historic Wawel Castle and deliver a speech at the Jagiellonian University on the subject of Franco-polish relations. "It will also be an appeal for European unity, as the president has earlier delivered at the Sorbonne and on the forum of European institutions," Bonne said.

As the main aims of the visit, Bonne listed "clarification of France's position on key issues for Europe: expansion of the European Union, relations with Russia and NATO." HE added that the rule of law was not an issue in Franco-Polish bilateral relations.

President Macron will be accompanied on his Polish visit by Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Armies Florence Parly and Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Elisabeth Borne, among others.