The future of the EU following Brexit and bilateral cooperation
The Polish Prime Minister and the French President dicussed the topics concerning the EU agenda – EU reforms and its future following Brexit, climate policy and cooperation in the scope of safety, energy sector or social issues.
Today, we have both presented arguments, visions and proposals, which may connect Poland and France in their cooperation for the EU development – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the discussion with French President Emmanuel Macron. As she emphasised, this was a good and a much needed meeting. Prime Minister Beata Szydło assured everyone of the full readiness of Poland to engage in a constructive dialogue on the European Union and to compromise.
The conversation in the Élysée Palace also constituted an opportunity to discuss bilateral issues related to the development of political and economic cooperation between Poland and France, as well as the Eastern Partnership which will have its summit on Friday in Brussels. The Polish Prime Minister expressed also her hope for close cooperation between Poland and France in the context of Poland becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Common EU values
Poland and France are countries which appreciate democracy, liberty, justice, solidarity and sovereignty – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she added, both countries attach great importance to the issues of respecting all principles, values and rights, also European, and all that happens in Poland takes place within these processes.
Poland has never refused any dialogue with the European Commission, we are open to discussions – indicated the Prime Minister. In her opinion, if the EU reforms are to be effective and in line with expectations of the citizens of the Community, they should constitute the result of reflection of all Member States rather than only the largest ones.
Without the cooperation between Poland and France no Eropean Union reform can succeed – emphasised Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
Poland has its vision of changes and reforms of the EU, which are necessary from our point of view, so that all Europeans feel that the European Union is their common home which guarantees them safety and life in dignity – said the Prime Minister. According to her such is also the French vision of the EU.
Directive on posted workers
As indicated the Prime Minister, one of the most discussed differences between Poland and France is the question of posted workers.
On my part I declare full commitment and the will to cooperate in the course of further work on the mobility package under which the decisions concerning the use of principles of posting to road transport will be taken – announced Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
She added, that Poland cares about the facilitation and better enforcement of the law regulating functioning of this sector.
I believe that it will be possible to find a common ground for agreement which will enable the development of a balanced compromise in line with the fundamental basic principles of the internal market which shall guarantee legal clarity and certainty – stated the Prime Minister.
Discussions on cooperation between Poland and France
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron accepted the invitation from Prime Minister Beata Szydło to visit Poland on the centenary of our country’s independence. They also announced another talks between Polish and French ministries.
The previous meeting between Prime Minister Beata Szydło and President Macron took place in the margins of the EU summit in Brussels in June 2017. Other prime ministers of the Visegrád Group countries also participated in that summit.
In the last few months, the working meetings of Polish and French ministers also took place, including the meeting of Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska and Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz.