Warsaw, 1 December 2022 (TDI): Laurence Boone, France’s Secretary of State for Europe met with Polish counterpart Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk in Poland. Both officials discussed their support for Ukraine in times of war.

The officials reinstated their commitment to support Ukraine. They also highlighted and discussed the continuation of aid from the European Union (EU) to Ukraine over a long period of time.

In this regard, France will jointly organize a support conference with Ukraine at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on December 13.

They also underlined the energy crisis by discussing ways to strengthen their countries’ independence by avoiding risks shortage.

They underscored the importance of economic cooperation between both states. Both officials also highlighted the rule of law and discussed Polish Recovery and Resilience Plan.

Secretary Boone visited the Lower House of the Polish Parliament and met Marek Suski and Tomasz Piotr Nowak, President and Vice-President of the Committee on Energy, Climate, and Public Goods. Along with them, she met with Agnieszka Pomaska, Vice-President of the European Union Commission.

Secretary Boone later visited a reception center for refugees from Ukraine. The center is managed by the Warsaw town hall. She underlined and appreciated the mobilization by the Polish government and administration at the reception center.

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She thanked the French volunteers at the center and the Embassy of France in Poland for their commitment to supporting the refugees in need.

France-Poland relations

The relationship between both states is governed by strategic partnership agreements signed in 2008. These agreements were later renewed in 2013 and 2020.

The economic ties between both states have been strengthening with extensive trade for the last 20 years. Poland is France’s leading partner in Central Europe. Whereas, France is Poland’s 4th largest investor. Both countries are also active in the cultural, technical, and academic fields.

Both states have been supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression and time and again reaffirm their commitment to continue their support.