Polish president discusses EU and other issues with Czech statesmen
Polish President Lech Kaczynski discussed the European Union, bilateral relations and the global financial crisis with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer in Prague on Friday. At the start of a two-day visit, Mr. Kaczynski had held talks with Czech President Václav Klaus on Thursday. The two heads of state criticized the EU’s response to the earthquake in Haiti as not proactive enough, while Mr Klaus presented his counterpart with the highest Czech honor, the Order of the White Lion. Mr. Kaczynski, meanwhile, gave Poland’s Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit to Czech Minister of Culture Václav Riedlbauch. The Polish president’s final official meeting was with Prague mayor Pavel Bém, who gave him a symbolic key to the city on Friday afternoon.