Prime Minister Beata Szydło: joint position of Warsaw and Budapest on matters related to safety and on the means of dealing with the migration crisis

I thanked the Prime Minister for a good and intensive Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group. This format is very important for us. It remains an area of the closest possible cooperation in our region of Europe – declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło after her meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who is currently on his official visit to Poland.

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EU agenda and V4 future

The meeting was devoted to discussing plans related to the EU agenda for the upcoming weeks and months. We also spoke about the future of the Visegrad Group. We agreed that this format is especially important to our countries, as well as to our region – stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Warsaw and Budapest confirmed their joint position on matters of such crucial importance as safety and the means of dealing with the migration crisis. Our governments’ approach towards illegal migration turned out to be correct in the end. We take note of the judgements of European courts, but we are obliged to take actions necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens – emphasised the head of the Polish government. We support the European Union activities aiming at supporting the countries subjected to the highest migratory pressure and at combating the underlying causes of migration – she added.

Poland and Hungary speak with one voice

I am pleased with the joint Polish-Hungarian position concerning EU provisions on posting of workers. I would like to remind everyone that the Visegrad Group presented a joint position in this regard. We view the consequences of the fact that the United Kingdom is leaving the UE and the challenges related to the future financial perspective of the European Union in the same light – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

In her opinion matters related to the single EU market are equally important for both countries. With regard to challenges related to the Posting of Workers Directive, we hope we will be able to reach a compromise which will take into account the interests of entrepreneurs from our region – stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She also pointed to the fact that Poland and Hungary unvaryingly advocate adopting a special approach towards the road transport sector. Carriers from the countries situated in our region cannot become the victims of introduced changes – she emphasised.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło wished the Hungarian Presidency all the best in its upcoming activities related to coordinating the work of the Visegrad Group. There are numerous challenges and a lot of work ahead of us, but your success will be our common success – declared the head of the Polish government. She also expressed her hope for another meeting and discussion on matters important to Poland and Hungary in the near future.

Prime Minister of Hungary: Poland is the motor of the entire EU

According to Viktor Orbán the economic cooperation between Poland and Hungary is very successful and will develop in the future. We intend to launch several large, Polish-Hungarian projects of major economic significance. If the other V4 countries will be willing to join us in the implementation of these projects, we will be happy to welcome them – said Viktor Orbán.

The head of the Hungarian government stressed that Poland is one of the most successful countries in the European Union. He praised Poland for its good results in the area of economy, culture and science. We can safely say that the European Union would be significantly poorer without Poland. Poland’s economic results serve as a motor for the entire Community – he argued. Viktor Orbán stressed that without our region the European project could not be successful.

In his view Poland and Hungary are the guardians of the original Treaty. We work to ensure that nobody departs from the provisions of the agreements which act as a foundation for the entire Union – stated the Hungarian Prime Minister. He added that our countries perceive the Community as being founded on the principles of cooperation and mutual respect between its Member States. The current European Union’s attitude towards Poland is characterised by the lack of respect. Taking such an approach is not only a political error, it is not only a regrettable act, but it is a proof of the lack of respect. I believe that Poland should be treated with respect, declared Viktor Orbán. He added that questioning the rule of law in Poland was groundless and Hungary would never agree for such treatment.

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