Prime Minister Beata Szydło: “Nothing is more precious than the security of homeland and our citizens”

Antoni Macierewicz is rebuilding what the Civic Platform ruined, is introducing changes that restore power to the Polish army and security to Poland. As the Prime Minister of Poland, I expect him to fully implement the changes, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Wednesday during the debate on the vote of no confidence for the Minister of the National Defence.  

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For almost two years, we have been successfully implementing the Safe Poland strategy, stressed the Prime Minister. She pointed out that one of the pillars of the strategy was cooperation with the NATO allies and concurrent development of the Polish army. The creation of modern weapons technological base, more personnel, but also ensuring the due feeling of unique service for homeland, by means of e.g. establishment of Territorial Defence Forces, are the elements of this pillar, listed the Prime Minister.

Nothing is more precious than the security of homeland and our citizens, she said. According to the Prime Minister, building a safe Poland should be a common strategic goal of everyone, regardless of their party membership or political affiliation.

Antoni Macierewicz guarantees that the Polish army will be rebuilt and will be an important element of NATO, that we can feel safe here. It is also a chance for a strong Europe, argued the Prime Minister.

Undermining of the Minister of National Defence’s position before the NATO summit is harmful

It is not wise to once again undermine the position of the Polish Minister of Defence on the eve of an important meeting of allies (NATO summit), it is irresponsible, it is harmful, it is not only imprudent, but it is a cardinal mistake, stressed the Prime Minister. She said that the opposition politicians should be responsible for their words and actions. As you often say: actions and words will be remembered, it will be a bitter experience for you. Playing little games with this fundamental task of safe Poland will not go unnoticed, said the Prime Minister.

Government investment in the army and reconstruction of the Polish defence industry

The Prime Minister emphasized that Poland’s NATO allies appreciate the way in which Poland develops its military potential. We invest in the Polish defence industry and we develop it. A modern, strong army, based on development of the defence industry here in Poland, is acknowledged and appreciated, stressed the Prime Minister. She added that the Law and Justice government allocated the largest amount of funds on the army, including its modernisation, and combined security and development. These are the two foundations on which we build the future of Poland. We want to build this future also based on the Polish industry, including the Polish military industry. We do not sell out the companies, but we rebuild them and will continue to do so, declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister listed some of the contracts signed by the Polish government, among others, the contract for delivery of 500 Jelcz vehicles for Territorial Defence Forces and the contract for purchase of Polish mortars from steelworks in Stalowa Wola. These projects and investment are unprecedented, unthinkable for the opposition, because you preferred to liquidate the Polish defence industry and conclude contracts with companies which were not necessarily good for the Polish economy. This has come to an end, said the Prime Minister addressing the deputies from the opposition parties.

Migration crisis and terrorist threat

The Prime Minister said that terrorism is a fact that can hurt every country in Europe and everyone who thinks that Poland should not defend itself is going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe. I have the courage to ask the political elites in Europe a question: where are you heading, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day, she said.

According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, in the context of building the security of Poland, we must address the greatest security crisis of the European community, which is the migration crisis. She declared that Poland would not submit to any blackmail on the part of the European Union on accepting refugees and was not going to take part in the madness of the Brussel elites. She emphasized that the Law and Justice government wanted to help people and offered humanitarian aid at the places where the problem has its roots.

Today, in this room we have been discussing security, we have talked about the functioning of services and now we are talking about the Polish army. In our government, we treat the security of Poland and Poles very seriously and we want all services to cooperate with each other during those crucial moments, said the Prime Minister. She added that her government did not agree for the utopian vision of uncontrolled open borders promoted by the opposition. We can see the threats that it brings, she stated. She reminded the decisions of the Civil Platform government and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz which would force Poland to accept a large group of migrants. Poles do not want this today. And we will not act against their will, declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

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