Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel Poland and Germany have a great role to play in the changes taking place in the European Union

I am convinced that good partnership of Poland and Germany is necessary for the success of the European project, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Tuesday during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Warsaw. She added that we should aim at developing and consolidating the EU, but at the same time respecting and strengthening the nation states.


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Future of the European Union in view of Brexit and migration crisis

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that the visit of the German Chancellor in Poland was treated as a supplement to the last year celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourship between the two countries. She emphasized that Poland and Germany were important partners. We have numerous bilateral relations, both economic and related to security. Numerous common issues that we implement at the European forum, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She mentioned i.a. the Polish-German humanitarian projects. We are neighbours. And we want to intensify our partner cooperation, she stressed.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło thanked Chancellor Angela Merkel for the involvement of Germany in implementing the decisions made at the NATO summit in Warsaw and reinforcing the Eastern flank which ensured security of our region. She announced that Poland and Germany would intensify cooperation in the field of security.

I am convinced that good partnership of Poland and Germany is necessary for the success of the European project, argued Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Poland and Germany are two countries in the European Union that have a great role to play in the changes taking place in the EU, she added. The Prime Minister informed that she would continue talks with the German Chancellor on i.a. reform of the EU and the position of both countries with respect to the future of the EU. She listed migration crisis, common market and defence policy among other topics discussed.

Development of the EU along with strengthening of nation states

We should aim at developing and consolidating the EU, but at the same time respecting and strengthening the nation states, emphasized Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that during her talk with the German Chancellor she had said that Poland considered it important to strengthen the national parliaments so that the European countries, the European Union members feel that they are treated equally, so that we build unity and try to conduct a dialogue.

Polish-German economic cooperation

Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that German investments were of key importance for the Polish economy. We hope that this climate that the government is introducing for development of entrepreneurship will allow to attract new German companies to Poland, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło inviting the investors to Poland. 

Climate policy and objection of Poland against the construction of Nord Stream 2

I emphasized in our conversation that Poland could not accept Nord Stream 2. Poland is open for discussion on an ambitious European climate policy, but taking into account the energy mix that is the most appropriate for each country, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. The Prime Minister informed that she had agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel to establish a working group to analyse the winter package proposed by the European Commission.

Polish minority in Germany and youth exchange

Prime Minister Beata Szydło thanked the German Chancellor for actions for Poles living in Germany. We want this relation to be similar to this offered by the Polish government to German minority. She declared that Poland and Germany would intensify cooperation and implement new projects in this area.

Polish-German youth exchange was also one of the topics discussed on Tuesday by Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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