Prime Minister Beata Szydło: It is high time for an efficient fight against terrorism

In our belief, Europe should do more for its security, both internal and external – said the Head of Polish Government after the first part of the meetings with the European leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels.

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Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

There are various proposals. We take the position that first of all it is high time for an efficient fight against terrorism. And it is good that this topic was raised today at our meeting. I think that these conclusions which were adopted today show that this type of thinking starts dominating in the European Union – she added.

The Prime Minister appealed to the opposition to stop playing politics with the issue of migration and announced that her Government would not agree to the policy threatening the security of the Polish citizens.

Internal and external security of the EU

The subject-matter of today’s meetings concerned, first of all, the issue of the internal and external security of the European Union. During the working sessions, Prime Minister Beata Szydło presented the Polish position, which firmly supported the conclusions proposed during that part of the EC summit.

As the Head of Polish Government declared, Poland was ready to strengthen the European defence policy and to join permanent structured cooperation i.e. PESCO. The key expectations of Poland include the consistency of the EU activities with NATO, our commitments within the framework of that organisation and our national plans of defence.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stressed that upon request of Poland, the strict provisions on NATO had been formulated relating also to the Warsaw Declaration.

Joint initiatives to improve security

We will strive for the EU policy responding to security challenges from the South and from the East. The EU security policy must be based on the strategic equilibrium – stressed the Head of Polish Government.

She also pointed out that the conclusions of today’s meetings addressed the European Defence Fund properly. We want it to be fully available for the Polish war industry and therefore we sought including there mid-cap companies such as PGZ, as well as smaller and medium-sized companies – said the Prime Minister.

As the Head of Polish Government said, the conclusions adopted today also addressed the recently created Expert Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats, based in Helsinki. The Centre will deal with the entire range of hybrid threats coming from the South and from the East of Europe.

Ambitious digital agenda as a key dimension of the single market

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that on the Polish initiative a letter to the President of the European Council had been drawn up, relating to the importance of restoring the digital market for Europe. It had been signed by 17 Heads of State and Government of the EU.

This is a proof of our determination and willingness to cooperate on this matter. We want a digital agenda which is ambitious and quickly implemented. The fully developed digital market will bring an increase in EU GDP by EUR 415 billion. Today, this is a key dimension of the single market, a pillar of the Responsible Development Strategy implemented by the Polish Government – concluded the Prime Minister.