Source: Republic of Poland in English
A welcoming ceremony at Rundale Palace in Pilsrundale, Latvia, started the Polish presidential couple’s visit to the country. In Latvia President Andrzej Duda will among others attend a so-called Arraiolos meeting of EU state presidents.
President Duda is accompanied in Latvia by First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda.
Andrzej Duda aide Krzysztof Szczerski told on Wednesday that the Arraiolos meeting will mainly focus on threats to European security, peace and stability, current geopolitical issues and social affairs. Also discussed will be measures against cyber threats.
Attending the meeting alongside Andrzej Duda will be the presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and Italy.
On the meeting’s sidelines President Duda and Austrian state head Alexander van der Bellen are to meet for talks on bilateral ties, the December COP24 summit in Poland, the Three Seas Initiative, next week’s Bucharest summit and the priorities of Austria’s current EU presidency.
Krzysztof Szczerski said the presidents may also discuss Poland’s plans to raise a memorial to Polish King Jan III Sobieski on Vienna’s Kahlenberg Hill, from where in 1683 he set out at the head of an international army to defend the city from invading Turkish forces.
The project has been protested by Vienna authorities on grounds that the city already has several Sobieski memorial sites.
Initiated by former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio, the annual Arraiolos meetings bring together state presidents who do not wield executive powers in their countries. The name stems from the Portuguese city in which the first meeting was held in 2003. (PAP)