Prime Minister Beata Szydło on the Rome Declaration: Poland’s demands were taken into account and it is a success of the Polish diplomacy

Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared that the Rome Declaration would be signed. The celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome will have their culminating point on 25 March in Rome.

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Poland will sign the Rome Declaration

The European Union is able to achieve very ambitious goals, we should be bold in our decisions, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło before her departure to Rome. She added that the Rome Declaration was to highlight the achievements of the EU, its accomplishments and objectives for the future.

Beata Szydło stated that the Declaration was not as ambitious as expected. Europe can do more, but this is the document that all countries can accept in the current political situation, she added. According to the Prime Minister, the value of the document is that all countries decided to approve it. 

The Prime Minister stressed that the summit in Rome was to show the Europeans that the European Union drew conclusions from the past crises. We must first of all think about the future, development and indivisibility, she said.

Success of the Polish diplomacy

The Prime Minister informed that the text of the declaration had been discussed at the recent summit in Brussels. I very clearly presented the conditions of Poland, emphasized Beata Szydło. The document will include the Polish demands. Unity and indivisibility of Europe – such provision is included in the declaration and this is a success of the Polish diplomacy, since we placed a very strong emphasis on this condition, stressed the Prime Minister. At the beginning not all countries agreed to such provision. I also presented another condition, to make sure that the common market is not divided or destroyed by adoption of social solutions that undermine its integrity. So that we maintained the freedoms that are fundamental from our point of view and also that of other Member States, but particularly from the point of view of Poland, i.e. opportunities and development of Polish enterprises, equal opportunities to compete on the European market, access to the European market for Polish workers, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the demand to pursue the EU defence policy in close connection with the NATO policy had also been taken into account. The fourth demand of Poland was an appropriate position of national parliaments in the legislative process. In the opinion of Prime Minister Beata Szydło, the law adopted in the Union must be very precise and must be controlled to a greater extend by national parliaments. The Prime Minister admitted that she had not been sure whether Poland’s demands would be included in the declaration and thus she delayed the decision on its signing. The Rome Declaration will be adopted. Tomorrow we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, stated the Prime Minister.

We also fought for something more that just the text. We fought for a certain atmosphere, a certain climate of the summit. And we succeeded. We achieved full success in this regard, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

According to Beata Szydło, the adoption of the declaration marks the end of an era of the European Union. We are looking into the future. I hope that it will be the future of the Union that is indivisible, is able to overcome crises and takes into account the views of individual Member States, said the Prime Minister. 

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Konrad Szymański stated that the signatories had not been unanimous with respect to the final text of the declaration. The final text of the document was not as predictable in the last days as some politicians from the opposition believe. According to the Deputy Minister, the Prime Minister decided that it would be premature to reduce the negotiating pressure earlier. We heard such suggestions from the opposition that once again behaves irresponsibly in such matters, having in mind only the image aspects instead of paying attention to the essence of the political process, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He declared his hope that the document would initiate a serious discussion on the future of the European Union.

Celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome

The Rome Declaration will be signed on Saturday, 25 March, in the palace on the Capitoline Hill. The signing ceremony will be the most important event of the celebrations. The celebrations will be attended by the leaders of 27 Member States, without the United Kingdom which is to leave the European Union.

The Treaties of Rome were the founding treaties which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). They were signed on 25 March 1957 and entered into force on 1 January 1958.

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