Polish, Swedish PMs discuss EU presidency, Schengen

08:23, May 31, 2011      

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Poland's EU presidency, the Schengen zone and a planned EU association treaty with Ukraine dominated Monday's talks here between Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his visiting Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Tusk said at a press conference with Reinfeldt after the talks that a successful Polish EU presidency, starting this July, lay in both Polish and Swedish interests, especially with regard to both countries' Eastern Partnership project. He added that some of Poland's EU presidency priorities were similar to Sweden's.

The Eastern Partnership project launched in 2009 is meant to complement the EU's Northern Dimension and the Union for the Mediterranean by furthering rapprochement between the EU and its eastern neighbors Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Commenting recent suggestions to restore border checks in the Schengen states, Reinfeldt and Tusk agreed that a review of Schengen policy demanded "caution and serious reflection".

Both prime ministers also discussed Ukraine's ties with the EU and assured that their countries were for a prompt EU association treaty with Ukraine. Tusk said the act could be signed still this year.

Reinfeldt called the talks with Tusk "fruitful" and reminded that he and Tusk "have worked together in European politics for years".

Source: Xinhua
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