Leaders to meet as Poland gears up for EU helm

4th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The leaders of Germany, France and Poland will meet in Warsaw on Monday as Poland gears up to take over the European Union's rotating presidency in July, a Polish diplomatic source said.

"Poland is in favour of a politically strong Europe and talks will focus on the Polish contribution to the process of deeper EU integration as it prepares to assume the EU's rotating presidency," the source told AFP on Friday.

The meeting will take place within the framework of the so-called Weimar Triangle, a trilateral forum created in 1991 to help Warsaw make the transition to democracy and a market economy.

"The Weimar Triangle is an important instrument which can strengthen the Polish presidency of the European Union," the source added.

The last such meeting of Weimar Triangle leaders took place in December 2006 in Germany.

The leaders are to focus on strengthening and deepening the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the 27-member bloc's relations with eastern neighbours Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as well as on developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the source said.

"The meeting of the three European heads of state will send a clear signal of a politically strong Europe," the source said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will also meet Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski as the 17-nation eurozone gears up for a special summit in March to finalise efforts to avoid a fresh debt crises.

Poland, which takes over the EU's rotating presidency in July for six months, is not yet a eurozone member.

In light of the debt crisis sweeping the 17-member single currency bloc, Warsaw has taken a cautious approach to setting a target entry date.

© 2011 AFP

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