Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the informal EU summit in Bratislava: I leave this summit satisfied, as we managed to agree on issues that were important to Poland

On Friday, the informal summit of the European Union took place in Bratislava, where leaders of 27 Member States (without the UK) discussed the future of the Community in the light of Brexit.

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First of all it was important to us that the process of reform started, so that we do not finish this event with just meeting one another and talking, but there would be a political agenda to be implemented by the EU in the coming months, said Beata Szydło.

 EU-27 leaders worked on definition of a plan of future actions, in order to take formal decisions in subsequent meetings. President of the Council of Ministers emphasised that thanks to Poland and the Visegrad Group countries it was possible to modify the political agenda.

I am satisfied that it was possible, under Polish presidency, for the Visegrad Group to present a consistent, good document, in which we shall define, what in our view is currently needed for the EU to get out of the present crisis strengthened, said Prime Minister.

The directions of the reform of the European Union

The primary intention of the summit of Bratislava was to initiate political reflection on the needs for reforms and future directions of the development of the European Union, also in the context of amendments of the Treaty. One must have the courage to discuss issues, which are presently problems to the EU, and consider a variety of solutions. The discussions on the amendment of the European Treaty must not be a taboo, emphasised the head of the government.

In the course of the meeting Poland’s position was also presented, which assumed that brave decisions should be taken in the process of the EU reform. The reform of the EU should be deep. We mast not focus solely on superficial solutions. The EU needs deep reforms, added Beata Szydło.

The position of the Visegrad Group

The head of the government informed that in the course of the meeting the Visegrad Group presented the proposal of a new agreement on migration. She added that we wanted this new agreement on migration, focusing on humanitarian aid, solving migration problem at source, or on protection of EU external border, to be put in place.

Prime Minister emphasised that thanks to the strong position of Poland it was possible to eliminate all provisions that would lead to limitation of the free movement of persons. She said this was a strong position of the Visegrad Group.

Discussions with French President Francois Hollande

On the margins of the summit I met with President Francois Hollande. I asked him to assist on the issue of protection of Polish transport companies, currently experiencing problems in Calais. President declared he would investigate the problem and, of course, take appropriate steps, said Prime Minister. Prime Minister Beata Szydło informed that President Francois Hollande would monitor the case of Polish drivers in Calais and would be in on-going contact on this issue.

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