Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the meeting of the European Council: first we have to solve the burning problems in the EU, such as migration or Nord Stream 2

From the very beginning Polish government has emphasised that it was of utmost importance to strengthen external borders of the European Union (EU) and to cooperate with third countries most affected by the problem of migration wave, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the break in the EU summit, in the course of a two day meeting of the European Council (19-20 October) in Brussels.

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Migration crisis

As the Prime Minister informed, one of the topic discussed today was the migration policy of the European Union. Today’s meeting was an opportunity to discuss the state of progress of implemented actions for tightening the internal borders, said the Prime Minister.

According to Beata Szydło, the change in attitude towards the path for the migration policy has started to provide the envisaged outcomes, as all participants of the meeting agreed that the internal dimension had reduced the migration pressure. Upon my request, an amendment was included in the text of the conclusions, ensuring that all changes of the asylum system will be adopted by consensus of all Member States, added the Prime Minister.

Nord Stream 2

A continuation of this investment poses a threat to the energy independence of the whole Central and Eastern Europe and challenges the energy security of the region, underlined Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she stated, she called the European Commission to speed up the legislative and legal works concerning the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction. I am pleased to say that my voice in this discussion was supported by other heads of governments. The importance of this topic was also underlined by President Donald Tusk, stated the Prime Minister.

Defence and the Digital Single Market

The Prime Minister stated that the other topics discussed during the meeting included defence cooperation within the Community, in particular in relation to the establishment of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) and the adoption of the Regulation concerning the European Defence Industrial Development Programme. It is critical for Poland to coordinate this initiative with the measures undertaken by the Member States, including Poland, within NATO, as well as to ensure that it guarantees an equal participation of all Member States, as well as small and medium enterprises, underlined the Prime Minister.

Beata Szydło added that the heads of states and governments had also discussed the implementation of the Digital Single Market. The Prime Minister reminded about the recent Tallinn Digital Summit, which has been organised thanks to Poland and 16 EU Member States.

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