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President Kaljulaid: economic relations with Poland hold great potential

President Kaljulaid: economic relations with Poland hold great potential © Andrzej Hrechorowicz/KPRP

"Poland is an important partner and ally for ensuring security in our region. I am pleased that Estonia and Poland share a vision and understanding of the situation in Europe and the immediate vicinity," said the President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, today in Warsaw following her meeting with the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. At the meeting, presidents Kaljulaid and Duda discussed the economic relations between two countries, the large infrastructural projects scheduled for the region, Brexit and the future of the European Union.

According to President Kaljulaid, economic relations between two countries are close, yet there are definitely more areas that hold great potential. "This is an area that I want and will pay more attention to," said the Head of State. At present, Poland is the seventh largest trading partner for Estonia, but there is potential for more.

The presidents of Estonia and Poland also discussed the energy security of the region. They agreed that there should not be delays with the adoption of energy policy decisions of critical importance, as the implementation of investments of such a large scale will often require years. "For Estonia, it is highly important to continue with connecting the Baltic electricity grids to European frequencies," emphasised President Kaljulaid.

At the meeting, the President of the Republic also highlighted the contribution of Poland to defence co-operation and acknowledged the Polish defence forces that have taken part in the Estonian military training exercise, Kevadtorm (Spring Storm), and their contribution to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.

During the visit, President Kaljulaid also met with the Chairman of the Board of Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce, Carsten Nilsen, and paid a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

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