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ITALY-POLAND: “Strong unity of views”, says Napolitano

Italy and Poland have a “strong unity of views” on various European problems, announced President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, on a two-day visit to Poland, at the end of a meeting with Polish head of state Bronisław Komorowski. According to Napolitano, who was accompanied by Minister Giulio Terzi, Poland plays an increasingly important role in promoting the idea of European integration, for example in the area of security. Italy, Napolitano underscored, “is closely watching Ukraine’s progress” towards the EU, and supports the signing of an association agreement between Kiev and the Union.

Ukraine in the EU

Poland is well-known for the active part it is playing in bringing Ukraine closer the EU, and Napolitano praised “the farsighted and balanced vision” that the Warsaw government is bringing to its relations with that country. Earlier President Komorowski, after underscoring that bilateral relations with Italy “are strengthening at every level”, he confirmed “the major commitment” that Poland has to helping Ukraine initiate a process of European integration. Komorowski applauded a cooperation between Poland and Italy “that is developing at all levels”, thanking Napolitano for bringing two paintings with him (for an exhibition) by Giovanni Antonio Canal, the uncle of Bernardo Bellotto, known as Canaletto, and well-known in Poland for his 18th century views of Warsaw.

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