At a joint session in Poprad on Wednesday, March 27, members of the Slovak and Polish cabinets discussed their two countries' joint candidacy to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, as well as infrastructure-related issues, the SITA newswire wrote.
"Despite interest in a strategic partnership, Poland and Slovakia lack appropriate transport infrastructure that would highlight this strategic partnership," Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a news conference after the meeting. The two countries' transport ministries have been commissioned to table a financial framework and a timeline to deliver better transport connections. The plan involves roads, railways and aviation.
Poland and Slovakia have a real chance of succeeding with their 2022 Winter Olympics bid thanks to their joint efforts, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said before the meeting, as quoted by the TASR newswire. "Such decisions will always stir up emotions and will always have numerous opponents and supporters. Nevertheless, I want to emphasise that we have a real chance of winning thanks to the fact that we're together," said Tusk. He added that both sides would do their best to ensure that the games were carried out in a way that would not harm the environment in either Poland or Slovakia.
Wednesday's meeting covered key questions affecting the future development of co-operation between Bratislava and Warsaw, including energy production; it also touched on recent scandals concerning Polish food, TASR wrote.
The heads of governments also talked about a north-south gas connection. "We expect that an agreement to construct such an interconnection can be signed in June 2013. We also want to communicate with Poland in other energy fields," Fico said, according to SITA. Slovakia is offering Poland access to its nuclear power generation experience – it presently generates 51% of all its power using nuclear reactors. Tusk said he was convinced that Poland and Slovakia would serve as a good example of energy cooperation in Europe.
Sources: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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28. Mar 2013 at 14:00