Prime Minister Beata Szydło: Europe will not be strong, uniform and solidary without rules

The Polish Government will speak loudly about rules in the EU and in Brussels. And it called for these rules, as they are the basis of a uniform and solidary Union if it has to survive, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister on Thursday, during the conference “Integration of Europe – the anniversary and a new opening”.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

These events are of an exceptional importance – not only the event from 60 years ago, but also the present one. The former one laid the foundations for a peaceful development of our continent and initiated a series of political, cultural and economic changes, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło about signing the Treaties of Rome and the anniversary summit.

The Head of the Government recalled the historical day of 25 March 1957, when in the Capitoline Museum the Founding Fathers signed the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community and the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community. As she underlined, they had no idea that the established communities constituted the beginning of the European Union – a Union of states cooperating with themselves in many areas. In the opinion of the Prime Minister, they probably did not suspect that one of the Member States would decide to quit the Union and that in the beginning of the 21st century the whole community would be gripped by uncertainty concerning the future of this important and merited project.

The Polish government will call strongly for the rules

The Prime Minister considers that it is necessary to pose several important questions that should be vocalised before the EU summit in Rome: Are we prepared for the fact that this Saturday we will take ambitious and bold decisions about the future of Europe and the direction that Europe should follow? Won’t we fear these difficult decisions? Or will the Rome summit be only another anniversary and celebration during which a common declaration, if agreed, will be adopted?

The Prime Minister underlined that these are the questions that should be asked loudly and should not be feared, even in case of a different opinion. According to the Prime Minister, one cannot fear talking about rules. If it comes to the rules in the European Union and also in Brussels, it is necessary to say loudly and clearly that without the rules, it is impossible to build a strong, uniform and solidary EU, underlined the Head of the Government.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło reminded that European politicians talked about unity and solidarity. These were the mottos that they repeated most frequently and according to them they were the cornerstone of our cooperation. However, these mottos should not only be proclaimed, but they should be implemented in practice. This is why the Polish Government will speak openly about the principles and demand respecting them, as it constitutes the cornerstone of a uniform and solidary EU, if it is to survive, said Beata Szydło.

According to her, the festive mood is being disturbed by current events. Brexit has given rise to many questions and is still contributing to the state of uncertainty of tomorrow. We do not know the conditions nor the state of further cooperation between Great Britain and the European Union, underlined the Prime Minister.

Multi-speed EU disintegrates Europe

Prime Minister Beata Szydło argued that the idea of multi-speed Europe, considered by some countries of the Community, was critically assessed by the Polish Government. Although the diversification of speeds is a fact, because not all countries take part in all areas of integration, it happens almost automatically with fully respecting countries’ sovereign choices and it is not of decisive importance for the entire cooperation, underlined the Prime Minister.

According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, multi-speed Europe constitutes an encouragement to creation of subgroups, exclusion and departing from joint decisions. In the Prime Minister’s opinion it might seem attractive for some Members, but it is not the case for the Union as a whole. The European Union requires changes and improving of what does not work optimally. However, we will not achieve this by means of multi speeds. Instead of repairing this project we will dismantle it, argued Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

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