Polish-Slovak trade must return to good growth after pandemic - PM

Morawiecki met on Friday with his Slovak counterpart, Igor Matovic, before a summit of the Visegrad Group (V4), a regional lobby which apart from Poland and Slovakia, also comprises the Czech Republic and Hungary. Rafał Guz/PAP

Over the past years, Polish-Slovak trade went up by more than one-third, but this excellent growth has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, adding Poland and Slovakia had a plan to get back on the growth track.

Morawiecki met on Friday with his Slovak counterpart, Igor Matovic, before a summit of the Visegrad Group (V4), a regional lobby which apart from Poland and Slovakia, also comprises the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The Polish PM said that "we have plans how to quickly facilitate close contacts between our companies so that our trade could get back on the growth track."

Morawiecki said several big Polish companies had invested in Slovakia, and invited Slovak investors to invest in Poland.

Referring to Friday's V4 meeting agenda, Morawiecki said it included European issues, such as the EU's 2021-27 budget and the post-pandemic recovery fund.

"I'm very pleased that Poland and Slovakia, but also the whole Visegrad Group, have a very similar approach, because of course it's easier to negotiate in a group of friends," the Polish PM said.