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Shared Goals
May 20, 2009   
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Greece's ambassador to Poland, Gabriel Coptsidis, talks to Ewa Hancock.

What is the state of bilateral relations between Greece and Poland? In which areas do the two countries cooperate closely politically?
Relations between Greece and Poland are historically very good. Our countries share common interests and aims as they both are EU and NATO member states. In general, bilateral relations between the two countries are at a very good level. Both Greece and Poland are situated at the frontiers of the EU. This is the main reason why we share the same goal of creating a zone of stability, security and prosperity in the wider area neighboring the EU. We might have different neighbors, but we are equally concerned for their development, growth, stability and progress towards EU standards. The closeness of our peoples constitutes a major factor which enables or significantly contributes to further deepening our cooperation-in the cultural, scientific and educational sectors and tourism as well as politically and economically.

What are the common points in terms of how Poland and Greece see the future of the EU?
Both countries want a strong EU that plays a significant and crucial role on the global scene, acting as a major player. Our positions in the EU are based on the same fundamental principle of solidarity. We are also both in favor of EU enlargement according to the merits and criteria set for each candidate.

Poles are increasingly mobile. Are they becoming important for the Greek tourism industry?
Poles have always been selecting Greece as their tourist destination. In the past few years the number of Polish visitors to my country has increased significantly, reaching 300,000. It is not, however, the numbers that count. It is also the enthusiasm and love with which Poles are traveling to Greece, seeking to explore its cultural heritage and beauty. Poles are among those visitors to Greece who are aware that my country does not offer only sun and sea, but also an unforgettable experience of travel back in time through the numerous ancient monuments, which prove that Greece is the birthplace of Western civilization.
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