Prime Minister discusses EU future after Brexit and COVID-19 during the Bled Strategic Forum

On his visit to the Republic of Slovenia, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki participated in the Leaders’ Panel: Europe after Brexit and COVID–19 during the Bled Strategic Forum. This year’s 15th edition of the Bled Strategic Forum was dedicated to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, EU situation after Brexit, and EU policies on trade as well as climate and energy in the context of the pandemic.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Polish position on the future of the European Union

The head of government presented the Polish position and vision of the EU future in the context of Brexit and combating the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed the need to improve EU resilience to crises and global competitiveness. He emphasised that solidarity is part of the response to the current global challenges aggravated by COVID-19, while the EU has a key role to play in it, which is shown by the successful outcome of the recent European Council meeting on the new Multiannual Financial Framework and EU recovery package.

During the discussion, the head of government referred to the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Solidarity – a movement that led to the collapse of communism and the end of the division of the world by the Cold War. This ”gene of solidarity” pushes Poland to help others in need, e.g. through humanitarian aid during COVID-19, or to help countries undergoing transition – especially Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans countries, as well as those that aspire to freedom and democracy.

The Leaders’ Panel was attended by heads of state and government as well as other important leaders such as Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Janez Janša, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Giuseppe Conte, and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva.

Meeting between the head of the Polish government and the Prime Minister of Slovenia

Before the Bled Strategic Forum, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša, who thanked him for the support provided during the crisis caused by COVID-19.

The heads of government discussed the existing situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral economic relations, the Three Seas Initiative, migration, and the Belarus crisis.

The Belarus crisis is one of the current priorities of the Polish foreign policy. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is in continuous contact with EU heads of state and government and is actively involved in building international approval of democratic change in the country on our eastern border. The Polish government also approved the ”In Solidarity with Belarus” aid package, for which Poland is to allocate PLN 50 million in the first year.

In addition, the meeting was an opportunity to exchange opinions on the current international issues of most importance related to the eastern policy and Western Balkans.

The heads of government also touched on issues related to the Slovenian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2021, the future of the European Union, and cyber security.

Poland and Slovenia have good bilateral relations. Slovenia is ranked 32nd (15th place among EU countries) and 38th (18th among EU countries) in Polish export and import respectively.

Janez Janša’s government and its actions

Janez Janša has been the leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party – the largest centre-right political party in Slovenia – since 1993. He has already served as head of government twice – in 2004–2008 and 2012–2013. The government led by Janez Janša was sworn in on 13 March 2020.

The new government supported e.g. the Visegrád Group initiative related to the objection to the mechanism of forced displacement of migrants in the EU. Slovenia advocates Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Western Balkans countries.

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