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In two conference calls, Federal Minister Altmaier today exchanged views on economic and energy policy measures and cooperation between the two countries in the European Union in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic with the Polish Minister of Economic Development, Ms Jadwiga Emilewicz, and the Polish Minister of Climate, Mr Michał Kurtyka.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: “Our economies are facing major challenges in view of Covid-19. In these difficult times, it is even more important that we work closely together and show solidarity as European neighbours. Together, we need to keep the European internal market and supply chains going as well as possible – in spite of current restrictions due to border controls – to minimise the negative impact on our economies. Europe’s industry will play a key role when it comes to tackling the crisis. We will need enormous investments to help our industries. Therefore it was very important for me today to exchange views on the common challenges and coordinated action in the EU with my Polish counterparts.”

Germany is Poland’s most important trading partner by far. In 2019, bilateral trade totalled around €123.5 billion. Poland thus ranks 6th among Germany's trading partners, ahead even of the UK. The bilateral trade volume consisted of €65.83 billion worth of exports and €57.67 billion worth of imports.