Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the informal summit of the Heads of States and EU Governments

During the summit, our Head of Government and other EU leaders talked about the challenges and future of the Community. The visit was an opportunity to discuss EU strategy for the years to come. The Prime Minister participated also in the Visegrád Group Prime Ministers meeting, in the meeting of the leaders with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and in the working session of EU States’ leaders during which internal challenges faced by the Community were discussed.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

During the summit, EU States’ and Governments’ Heads adopted a joint declaration concerning EU’s future in the coming years and proving EU’s unity. In the declaration, the leaders highlighted that EU States will show each other solidarity in times of need and speak with one voice. They indicate that they will always look for joint solutions, listening to each other in a spirit of understanding and respect.

The Prime Minister defined summit talks as a strategic debate on EU’s future, in which he addressed all key topics important for Poland. In this context, he mentioned external border defence related to migration and refugees, single market, freedom to provide services, as well as industrial and economic policy.

He pointed out that single market’s development is crucial for EU’s economic welfare. Moreover, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki supported Schengen enlargement and recalled that the Schengen area is not only free movement of people between EU countries, but also of goods.

As for safety, he presented Poland’s demands concerning the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. He informed that during the summit he talked also about Ukraine and external border security.

He addressed also EU tax and budget issues, as well as the question of structural funds. In the future, this will be a very important negotiations subject in the context of the EU 2020–2027 budget, he said and reassured that he is encouraged by the preliminary discussion on this topic.

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