Prime Minister after the informal EU summit: Poland’s stance relating to the question of migration was upheld

“We managed to reaffirm our position from the European Council of June 2018 in relation to the issue of receiving refugees on a voluntary basis,” stated the Head of Government after the informal summit of the Heads of States and EU Governments in Salzburg.

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“Poland’s stance, which was also the stance of the Visegrád Group, relating to the question of receiving refugees on an entirely voluntary basis, was fully upheld,” said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He added that it is “worth pointing out, because it is possible that soon it will turn out that success has many fathers”.

The Head of the Polish Government pointed out that keeping the decision on no mandatory migrants relocation among EU states is a question of ensuring security and surveillance of external borders of the community. “In this context we talked a lot about Frontex which in a way helps to manage security, but above all it helps to manage the external borders of the EU,” said Mateusz Morawiecki explaining that discussions during the summit were related also to the issue of Frontex reform.


“Today we concentrated on issues related to United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. It is worth noting that Poland is a country which tries to break the deadlock and ensure predictability for its citizens and entrepreneurs,” said the Prime Minister. He also highlighted that Poland demonstrates solidarity and is a country “which tries to constructively ensure that cooperation between Poland and United Kingdom, after UK’s withdrawal form the EU, remains as much as possible as it has been until now”.

The Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that “United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU is another element of disintegration of the West, of reduction of the consolidation of our position in relation to some powers, such as Far East, China or Russia, which not always operate for the benefit of the Union, Europe or the US”. According to the Head of Government “it is very important to maintain cohesion and integrity of the whole West”.


“Poland places emphasis on the necessity to ensure security mechanisms in the sphere of the Internet,” argued the Prime Minister. As he said “we show how important liberty and freedom of speech are,” opting for freedom of speech in the web in the context of new ACTA2 regulation.

The Prime Minister notified also that on the sidelines of the summit he participated in a few bilateral talks, inter alia he discussed current Polish-European issues and the question of reform of the Polish justice system with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

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