Prime Minister Beata Szydło on the future of the European Union in the Hague

Poland’s and the Netherlands’ goal is to protect the internal market – underlined Prime Minister Beata Szydło during her visit in the Netherlands. The topics discussed on Wednesday by Poland’s and the Netherlands’ Prime Ministers covered the future of the European Union, the issue of Brexit and bilateral relations.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Discussions on the future of the European Union

Prime Minister Beata Szydło underlined that the most important topic, which took most of the time of the discussion, were changes in the European Union. She said that Poland and the Netherlands, when it comes to their point of views, agree on many issues. She added further that both the Polish and the Dutch government are strongly convinced that the common goal should be to protect the internal market after the Great Britain’s exit from the European Union. Poland and the Netherlands will be those countries which will take over the burden of protecting the internal market, declared Prime Minister, Beata Szydło. She added that Poland and the Netherlands share a common view on the direction which the development of the internal market should be heading for.

The Polish Prime Minister informed that the Netherlands’ Prime Minister expressed his understanding for the problem of posted workers. We will work out a compromise, said Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, and underlined that this topic is widely discussed in the EU. Poland’s position is clear. The Polish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy is very active in presenting this point of view. The Dutch counterpart declared that they will monitor this issue with understanding, said Beata Szydło.

Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, spoke with Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, on the process of exiting the European Union by the Great Britain. She paid attention to two issues on which both countries share common views. The first one concerns the rights acquired by citizens living on the territory of the Great Britain, said the Polish Prime Minister. The second one concerns our expectation that the Great Britain is required to fulfil its financial obligations resulting from the current financial perspective, although the actual Brexit may take place before the end of that perspective.

Poland’s and the Netherlands’ Prime Ministers talked about the coming European summit and meeting in Rome as well. At the meeting in the capital city of Italy, a document is to be adopted summarising all the events that took place in the European Union along with guidance for the future and directions for changes that the Community should implement.

Bilateral relations

Another issue discussed by the Prime Ministers was the situation of Poles living in the Netherlands. We want Polish children to have the possibility to learn the Polish language. We agreed that our ministries will cooperate and work out such a model of action that will support learning Polish, claimed Beata Szydło. She informed as well that she also spoke with Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, about Polish employees working in the Netherlands. We expect that the Dutch government will understand their problems and support them, said Polish Prime Minister. First and foremost, we are the countries which share a common history, she said and mentioned many Poles who live in this country. Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared that it is of utmost importance for her to deepen the bilateral cooperation.

Meeting with Poles

Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, spoke as well with representatives of Poles living in the Netherlands. It was a moving meeting , she underlined. At the meeting with Poles, Prime Minister said that thanks to the actions of the Polish community abroad Poland is also respected beyond its borders. She underlined that the government she is leading wants to build Europe which is a home to all of the Europeans, with Poland playing a major role in this process. We first of all want Poland to be a safe country, declared Beata Szydło.

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