Prime Minister during the meeting of the European Council in Brussels: An increasing number of countries are convinced that relocation is not the best solution

I am very glad that after various bilateral talks, behind-the-scenes and official ones, it turns out that an increasing number of countries are convinced that the best solution is not the forced relocation, said the head of government during a press conference on the first day of the European Council meeting devoted to migration.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The head of the Polish government remarked that “more developed cooperation with the countries where refugees come and even more strengthened cooperation at the EU's external borders” is needed. He added that in this context Poland has presented a coherent and consistent approach from the very beginning.

Prime Minister stressed that Italy’s attitude on migration is also changing. The centre of gravity shifts from the relocation area to the direction of effective protection of the southern border of Italy, said Mateusz Morawiecki. As the Prime Minister pointed out, the attitude of the head of the European Council is approaching the attitude of the Visegrad Group countries.

The Chairman of the Council of Ministers informed that during the European Council he raised issues of critical opinions towards the United States and NATO. He added that he spoke on the matter pointing to the great importance of transatlantic relations.

It is not a great secret that there are countries that, due to these trade and economic tensions from the US, perceive cooperation within NATO through this prism. Poland's position here is unequivocally constructive – we are trying to create a foundation for cooperation between the EU and the US in the field of defence policy, but also the entire geopolitics, concluded the Prime Minister. At the same time, he stressed that the Polish government works to stabilize the existing transatlantic system.

Sealing the EU tax system

As Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, the EU is losing a lot due to the lack of appropriate instruments, priorities in the area of the VAT gap and leniency of tax havens.

According to the head of the Polish government due to the VAT tax gap, the EU loses EUR 155 billion annually. This problem is strongly emphasized by Poland and I hope that together with France and Germany, we will be able to prevent some EU Member States from abusing their legal system in order to be a kind of tax haven, stressed the Prime Minister.

Wreck of Tu-154M airplane

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also informed that during the meeting of the European Council he raised the issue of returning Poland the Tu-154M aircraft wreck.

In the context of the discussion regarding the flight of MH17 of the Malaysian line that was shot down over Ukraine by a missile belonging to the Russian army, I reminded my colleagues from the European Council about the Tu-154 plane crash and the fact that we are all waiting for the return of the wreck, declared the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also stressed that during the first day of the summit he spoke about the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the development of the economy. As he said, this is an opportunity for Poland because we do not have gigantic international companies and only now we are rebuilding the country. That is why preferences for small and medium enterprises are important to us.

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