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Poland Invited to G20 Summit
April 6, 2017   
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Finance and Development Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will represent Poland at this year’s G20 summit of the world’s largest economies in Baden-Baden, Germany in mid-March.

“This is the first time ever a Polish minister has been invited to a Group of 20 meeting,” Morawiecki, who also serves as deputy prime minister, has said. “It is important for us to be there at the negotiating table, because the G20 talks will also concern international regulations on the financial system and international tax evasion.”

Morawiecki was invited to take part in the G20 summit in late February during a meeting of the Weimar Triangle, an informal group formed by Poland, Germany and France that aims to promote cooperation between the three countries.

The Weimar Triangle meeting in Paris on Feb. 22 was hosted by French Finance Minister Michel Sapin, who highlighted the importance of such trilateral talks and said they were particularly important to France.

“We must regain trust in Europe, trust in one another, but also in the great partners outside of Europe as well as those who have decided to leave the EU,” Sapin said at the time.

The three ministers meeting in Paris discussed a range of pressing issues including tax evasion, international terrorism and Brexit. Sapin told journalists that he and his Polish and German counterparts had a common stance on negotiations with Britain. He also said that the Paris talks concerned fostering dialogue and partnership between Europe and the United States.

The Weimar Triangle ministers also discussed financial issues, including ways to strengthen the so-called Juncker Plan, an ambitious infrastructure investment program for the EU.

“Regardless of the differences between us and the different history of our countries … we have a lot in common and this trilateral dialogue is necessary,” said Sapin, describing the meeting as a “great success.”

Poland’s Morawiecki said after the meeting that all three ministers were eager to bring greater stability to Europe and ensure that the EU stands united after Brexit.

“A third thing is to foster economic growth … and it all has to be conducted in such a way that people can regain as much faith as possible in social cohesion and in the European project,” said Morawiecki. He added the EU was being “consumed by the cancer of tax havens” and various dubious methods EU citizens and international corporations use to evade taxes.

“We discussed how we could exchange information and what we could do within our tax systems and as part of the EU in order to eliminate this as quickly as possible with the support of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Commission,” said Morawiecki. “This is of tremendous importance to all of us.”

Poland is ready to immediately start sharing information to help fight tax evasion and international terrorism, Morawiecki said.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble described the Paris talks as “intensive and sincere.” During a news conference he spoke about migration and other challenges facing Europe and the role that Africa played in this context. He added the topic would be discussed under Germany’s upcoming turn at the rotating presidency of the Group of 20, which brings together the world’s major industrialized and developed nations. “I am very glad that, apart from Western Europe, we will also have a Polish representative at the G20 summit,” Schaeuble said.
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