Deputy Minister Konrad Szymański meets Under-Secretary of State at Danish Prime Minister's Office

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Secretary of State for European Affairs Konrad Szymański met on 5 March 2019 with Jean-Charles Ellermann-Kingombe, Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Danish Prime Minister's Office.

The talks covered preparations for the March European Council, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the EU's future, the new institutional cycle, and the mobility package. The meeting was also attended by Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Poland.

"In the context of the coming European Council, Poland and Denmark will seek the development of the common market as a key priority for a new European Commission. That implements the common position of 17 prime ministers expressed in the joint letter last week, signed by the prime ministers of Poland and Denmark. We share a common belief that based on a good deal with NATO, the EU could do more for our security. We're taking joint efforts to address the crisis over ratification of the Brexit deal," said Deputy Minister Konrad Szymański.

Just like Poland, Denmark is fully aware of the significance of the UK's exit from the EU. For the past two years the country has been acting to strengthen ad hoc alliances and regional coalitions (the Hanseatic coalition) that would allow it to effectively present and defend interests at the EU forum. After Brexit, Germany will be Denmark's most important political and trading partner in the EU, but Poland could be another key country in that respect. There are many issues on which we define our interests in a similar way. The budgetary instrument of the euro zone is one of them. In spite of Denmark's different position in relations with the euro zone (membership of the Exchange Rate Mechanism II) we jointly believe that any separate instrument established exclusively for some member states is a step backwards from the point of view of the integration project.


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