Krynica-Zdrój: Meeting of Prime Minister Beata Szydło with the Prime Ministers of the Visegrád Group countries

We want to determine the future of the European Union, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the meeting with Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary on Tuesday, held during the 26th Economic Forum in Krynica. The topics discussed included the reform of the European Union and the migration-related issues.

Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Recipe for the European Union

The Prime Minister stated that the leaders of the Visegrád Group countries had discussed the future of the European Union after Brexit. On 16 September, an informal European Union summit gathering 27 countries will take place in Bratislava and will focus also on this issue. We will present a common position, declared the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that conclusions had to be drawn from Brexit. The Visegrád Group is now an important entity which not only has high ambitions and huge potential, but also is a group of countries with a recipe for the European Union. We know what to do to make the European Union a better European Union, to promote its development, to make it closer to citizens, the Europeans, to make it rely more on European parliaments, said the Prime Minister.

The Visegrád Group is the fastest and the best developing group of countries in the European Union and thus we want to be the first to determine the future of the European Union, declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The European Commission should not be involved in politics, but should focus on its tasks defined in the treaties, she said. She added that the Commission should concentrate its efforts on implementation of projects and programmes.

Referring to the proposals of the Visegrád Group for the European Union, Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that the European Union should implement such infrastructural and development programmes which would accelerate its development and contribute to overcoming the current crises.

Migration issues in Europe

Our position remains unchanged. Migration problems should be solved where they originate, outside the borders of the European Union, stated the Prime Minister. She listed the proposals in this regard: “We want strengthening of external borders. We want strengthening of humanitarian aid. We want projects that will help those in a difficult situation in their own countries, to enable them to cope with those problems.

We oppose forcing the European countries to adopt one single solution, stressed the Prime Minister. Beata Szydło said that V4 opted for giving the countries a choice to implement a migration policy that they believe to be beneficial and appropriate, as well as adjusted to their potential.

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