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Foreign Minister Paet: Poland to Join NATO Cyber Defence Centre

10.12.2010

No. 389-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that during their meeting in Tallinn today, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski noted that Poland would like to become a full member of the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “The more NATO members we have participating in the work of the centre, the more qualified the centre will be to offer high-level cyber-related advice to NATO member states,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet said that one of Poland’s priority topics during its European Union presidency in the second half of next year will be Eastern Partnership, and Poland sees 2011 as being the year of Easter Partnership relations in the EU. “The sufficient and fair financing of Eastern Partnership, development of transport connections, facilitation of visa regimes and the conclusion of many kinds of agreements could be the keywords for the year of Eastern Partnership relations,” he added.

In talking about regional infrastructure projects, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that Estonia has fulfilled the development works for the first stage of RailBaltica, and all of the renovation work should be completed by the end of 2011. “We would like to have close co-operation in opening train traffic on the tracks from Tallinn-Riga-Kaunas-Warsaw,” emphasised Paet at the meeting. Foreign Minister Paet also informed his colleague that renovation works on the Via Baltica in Estonia would be completed by the fall of 2010.

Paet said that Poland is a very important partner for Estonia in both the European Union and NATO. “Our relations are close and supportive. Evidence of this is the visa representation agreement between Poland and Estonia that came into effect in April 2010, which functions very well. On the basis of the representation agreement, Estonia has accepted 104 visa applications for Poland in Pskov,” he added. “Poland’s participation in the air policing of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania’s skies is also vitally important. Poland has protected the Baltic airspace for three rotation periods, and it has promised to participate again,” acknowledged Foreign Minister Paet.

The foreign ministers also addressed matters related to energy policy, which is another priority of Poland’s European Union presidency. “In order to ensure Europe’s energy security, it is necessary to diversify suppliers and sources. In light of financing energy projects, the new European Union financial perspective for the years 2014-2020 is also very important,” Paet noted.

At their meeting the foreign ministers also discussed European Union enlargement, EU relations with Russia, and the results of the last NATO and OSCE summits.

Photos from the meeting of the Estonian and Polish foreign ministers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry

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