07 października 2007
On October 7th 2007, late in the evening, the President of the Republic of Poland flew off from Poland to the French Republic where he started an official visit on Monday, October 8th.

On Monday, the Presidents of both countries held a meeting in a small circle of accompanying persons, and the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, hosted a working breakfast on the occasion of the visit by the Polish President.

After his meeting with the French President, President Kaczyński made the following statement for the media:” In am immediately after the talk, which lasted for one hour and a half, and partly tête-à-tête. I must admit that this talk has been extraordinarily productive. We discussed a variety of issues, the Treaty and the related session in Lisbon – and we both are optimistic in this regard.

” The matters that are still to be solved come down to details. The President agreed with the solutions relating to Ioanina, as proposed by Prime Minister Socrates. These solutions are advantageous from our country’s point of view. He also suggested a referral to the Portuguese Premier Socrates, who is presiding over the European Council today, of the issue of advocates-general in the office at the European Court of Justice. To make things clear, this issue had not been part of the mandate in Brussels and, fairly speaking, not a single word had been said on the subject, but solving it does not require a reform of the Treaty, either. The point is also to increase the number of advocates so that not only five states have permanent advocates-general at the ECJ.

”The object of our discussion – as proposed by Mr. President – was to substantially strengthen cooperation in the economic, political and military areas, a strengthening that would take the shape of a framework agreement. Of course, this proposal is, from Poland’s point of view, extraordinarily interesting. For my part – besides other very numerous matters – I raised the issue of EXPO. France has a reason to support Morocco in view of the very strong, history-shaped connections; however I suggested a rethinking of this idea”.

In the evening, President Lech Kaczyński met with representatives of the Polish community in France on the premises of the Polish Catholic Mission.

Later the same evening, Lech Kaczyński flew back to Poland.

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