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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

"EU should keep its door open to new members"

  |   Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started an official visit to Poland The presidents talked face to face The presidents talked face to face The country's delegations held talks The country's delegations held talks The country's delegations held talks Press conference at the Presidential Palace Press conference at the Presidential Palace Press conference at the Presidential Palace Press conference at the Presidential Palace

It is in the interest of both Poland and Europe to keep the door to the European Union open to new members, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a joint press conference with visiting Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.


Giorgi Margvelashvili arrived for an official visit to Poland on Wednesday.


"Today, it is in the interest of Poland, and not only Poland, but also, I believe, in the interest of the whole Europe, primarily the European Union, to keep the door to the EU open. The EU should show it is prepared to prospectively welcome new members that want in, that declare their ambition to join the Union after having met the accession criteria", the Polish president stressed.


The EU is affected by crises, as evidenced by Brexit, Andrzej Duda said, noting that the process of Great Britain's departure from the EU would take years. "Let's not fool ourselves, Brexit is seriously weakening the EU", said Duda, arguing that if the EU closed its door to new members after the UK left the bloc, it would mean "the beginning of the end" for the European Union.


The EU needs to offer enlargement prospects in order to prosper, survive and be economically competitive compared to other global superpowers, according to Duda. New members would provide Europe with increased demographic and economic potential, the Polish president added.


Therefore, the Eastern Partnership countries should be offered accession prospects by the EU, Andrzej Duda went on to say.


The European Union's Eastern Partnership programme covers the EU's immediate and less immediate eastern neighbours, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The programme's aim is to bring the countries' economic and political systems closer to European standards. Poland has been a strong advocate of the programme. 

 

Giorgi Margvelashvili will also meet Polish PM Beata Szydlo and Sejm (lower house) and Senate (upper house) speakers, Marek Kuchcinski and Stanislaw Karczewski. (PAP)

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