- November 14, 2013
Polish-Lithuanian talks in Vilnius, inter alia, about the Polish minority
The upcoming summit of the Eastern Partnership is a very significant moment for all our eastern neighbours and the European Union. Poland, as one of the initiators of the Eastern Partnership is hoping that the summit is successful and that a cooperation agreement with Ukraine is signed – the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Henryka Mościcka-Dendys said on the 14th of November 2013 in Vilnius, during a meeting of the Polish-Lithuanian Committee on Foreign Policy and Security.
The Eastern Partnership is only one of the few issues raised during the meeting that was led by the Vice Minister Henryka Mościcka-Dendys and Neris Garmanas – the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. The matters discussed during the meeting also included the Polish and Lithuanian relations with Russia and the most important aspects of the policy for security, including the recently finished training session called Stead Fast Jazz, and the cooperation of both of the states in question within the NATO structures. Discussion was also held on common projects carried out by Poland and Lithuania in the field of energetics. The Vice Minister also met and spoke to the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius.
In Vilnius, Vice Minister Mościcka-Dendys also talked about the situation of the Polish minority. She highlighted that Poland expects that Lithuania shows good will, especially in respect of accepting the new Act on National Minorities, regulating issues regarding original name and surname spelling and Polish education in Lithuania.
The Committee on Foreign Policy and Security is one of the ways in which political dialog between Poland and Lithuania is held. It was created within the framework of the Board on Cooperation between Governments.
Tłumaczenie by Kamil Łukasz Szwarc w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Kamil Łukasz Szwarc within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.