Poland, Spain seek prompt adoption of EU recovery plan: FM

Poland and Spain want the European Commission's EU economic recovery plan to be adopted as quickly as possible, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Madrid on Friday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Mr Czaputowicz said the Friday’s talks focused on the EU recovery plan. He said they both agreed that "decisions on the matter are urgently needed in order to bolster the economies of countries after the crisis brought about by the (coronavirus) epidemic."

"We also share the view that the (EU's) agriculture and cohesion policies should be maintained as they facilitate removing differences between countries and regions of the EU," Czaputowicz said.

Arancha Gonzalez Laya said that the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis must be not only swift, even as early as July, but also strong.

She pointed out that in the first half of 2021, Poland and Spain may organise a meeting of their delegations, headed by the two prime ministers, and organise a joint parliamentary forum.

In her opinion, relations between the two countries were very good and added that both countries wanted a stronger economic cooperation.

Mr Czaputowicz went on saying that Polish-Spanish political dialogue should be raised to "yet a higher level." Among possible areas of cooperation, the Polish FM enumerated defence, trade, investment, tourism, culture, science and education.

Ms Gonzalez Laya thanked the Polish authorities for their "invaluable help" during the coronavirus pandemic.