will be travelling to Warsaw on 5 September to meet with his Polish counterparts and to discuss current European, economic and trade policy issues with Members of the Polish Parliament and representatives from academia and civil society. He will hold bilateral talks with Ms Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, Minister of Investment and Economic Development, Mr Marek Zagórski, Minister for Digitisation, and Mr Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy. A meeting with business representatives will round off the programme in Warsaw.
On 6 September, Minister Altmaier will be travelling on from Warsaw to The Hague, where he will be holding bilateral talks with his Dutch counterparts Ms Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mr Eric Wiebes, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Ms Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and Mr Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance. Minister Altmaier will also be delivering a speech on as a community of values at HJ Schoo-Lezing. Both visits aim to further intensify the close cooperation.
Federal Minister Altmaier said: "Our neighbouring countries Poland and the Netherlands have close economic and social ties with Germany. We want to intensify this cooperation when it comes to shaping future-oriented topics, including competition for AI talents and technologies, to safeguard and expand prosperity for our citizens."
In 2017, Poland ranked seventh among Germany's most important trading partners worldwide. Totalling around €110.5 billion, the trade volume in 2017 was almost 10% higher than in the preceding year. In 2017, the Netherlands was Germany's most important trading partner within the EU and second most important trading partner worldwide. The bilateral trade volume amounted to approximately €177 billion in 2017. Germany is the most important trading partner for both Poland and the Netherlands.