The Prime Ministers of Poland and Ireland discussed the future of the European Union, Polish-Irish cooperation, security in Europe and common market.
It was a good meeting. We exchanged views on the issues that are now on the European agenda. We also talked about the issues important for our bilateral relations, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the press conference after the meeting with the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. The Polish Prime Minister said that Ireland was a very important partner for Poland.
We share not only similar history, but also common interests at the EU forum, which is why we are intensifying our political contacts. I hope that they will provide an incentive for development of bilateral and multilateral relations, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
Situation of Poles in Ireland
Prime Minister Beata Szydło thanked Prime Minister Enda Kenny for welcoming thousands of Poles who had come to Ireland.
Poles contribute to the development of Ireland and are its loyal inhabitants. Polish society is very friendly towards Ireland and its culture, and the relations between our societies develop in harmony, she said. She informed that the government would enable access of Polish children and youth to Polish lessons within the framework of the Irish education system. Prime Minister Beata Szydło announced that the ministers of education of both countries were to prepare specific solutions in this regard at a joint meeting.
Brexit and the future of the EU
We agreed that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the EU was a clear signal pointing to the need for reform, emphasized Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She said that the European Union had to respond more effectively to the needs of its citizens and react more efficiently to the challenges it was facing.
The voice of nation states and their parliaments should be reflected to a greater extent in the EU decision-making process, argued the Prime Minister. She added that the EU should be based on four pillars and cooperation of Member States across the divide, which would ensure economic growth and competitiveness.
For Poland and Ireland the common market is one of the major achievements of the European integration which generates real benefits. We agree that it should be protected, ensuring compliance with all four freedoms, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
Polish-Irish economic cooperation and security
Prime Minister Beata Szydło expressed her hope for further effective Polish-Irish cooperation in the field of energy, agriculture and digitisation. She emphasized that both countries were aware of external challenges faced by the EU, including the situation in the East.
Transatlantic ties are precious achievements creating conditions for economic development and security. It is in our common interest to maintain those ties, she added.