Polish president to visit Brussels
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Polish President Andrzej Duda will 18 January make his first official visit to Brussels, a day ahead of a European Parliament debate on Poland, whose government has come under fire from top EU politicians.
Andrzej Duda. Photo: Flickr.com/Piotr Drabik
Duda, who was sworn into power in August, will meet European Council President and former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
Duda’s aides said the two are expected to discuss the migration crisis and energy issues, including the Nord Stream 2 project.
Duda’s visit will take place days after a 13 January European Commission debate on the state of the rule of law in Poland, amid concerns at controversial changes to the judiciary and media pushed through by Poland’s conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Duda is a former member of the party, which swept to power in October.
Meanwhile, on 19 January the European Parliament is scheduled to discuss developments in Poland.
The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has claimed that recent political developments under the new Polish government “have the characteristics of a coup.”
However, presidential advisor Krzysztof Szczerski said that Duda’s trip to Brussels has been planned for some time, and is not connected with the upcoming debate in the European Parliament.
While in Brussels, Duda will also hold talks with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg about preparations for the military alliance’s summit in Warsaw in July. (pk/rg)