Cooperation in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic
The fight against the coronavirus and mitigating the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic are currently a priority for all European Union Member States. The current situation in relation to the pandemic was one of the main issues discussed. The Heads of Governments also talked about possibility of cooperation in this area, including a proposal for Poland to support Sweden.
Poland supports the European Commission's strategy aimed at accelerating development, production and implementation of vaccines against COVID-19. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also stressed that further cooperation in this area is essential.
Ambitious European Union budget
The European economy in the phase of recovery from the crisis needs a development impulse. Therefore, another issue addressed during the discussion was the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 and the European Recovery Instrument. The first discussions were held on 19th June during a video conference attended by the Heads of states and governments of the European Union.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that
the European Union needs an ambitious budget that will be adopted and implemented immediately. Poland also believes that the European Commission's package including an adapted proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 and the European Recovery Instrument provide a good basis for further discussion in this regard. The Recovery Fund should include fair mechanisms for the distribution of resources, taking into account the specific characteristics of the Member States, in particular the differences in the capacity to respond to the crisis due to their level of prosperity.
The Eastern Partnership Vision after 2020
The discussion also focused on issues related to the Eastern Partnership, which was established on the initiative of Poland and Sweden. On 18 June, a video conference of the heads of states and governments of the European Union and the Eastern Partnership was held, which was also attended by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. One of the main points on the agenda were discussions on developing long-term goals for the Eastern Partnership in the context of next year's summit.
Discussions were also held in the context of the joint communication “Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020- Reinforcing Resilience- an Eastern Partnership that delivers for all”. The purpose of the communication is to summarise the public consultation process on the future of the Eastern Partnership after 2020 and to present the directions and framework of a new perspective in the context of the next summit, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Poland appreciates the publication and the main message of the communication, which underlines the importance of the Eastern Partnership policy. The communication is a good