On the first day of the Summit, the Prime Minister, together with the members of the European Council, met with the President of the European Parliament and took part in the working session of the European Council. He assured that Poland is ready to talk about “climate policy”, EU’s budget for 2021–2027 and the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
“I am glad that we managed to find a constructive solution with the participation of the Prime Minister of the UK. It seems that we reached an agreement, and will overcome the crisis that was ongoing,” said the Prime Minister after the first session of the meeting. He admitted that the agreement was negotiated also with great participation of Poland. “We discussed the very model that was adopted. Poland has always approved of a sensible compromise”.
The Prime Minister added that “we give ourselves time to work out an adequate trade agreement. Through this compromise, we will be able to ensure to our entrepreneurs the best possible business and investment conditions in relations with the UK”.
As for the climate policy, the Head of the Polish Government ensured that “all the new agreements that may lead to climate neutrality must safeguard the interests of the Polish citizens and entrepreneurs”.
He pointed out that, according to Poland, in the context of negotiations on EU’s budget, it is necessary to find new sources of financing for EU’s priorities. He mentioned e.g. air tax, financial transaction tax or digital tax.
Mateusz Morawiecki also emphasised that “all treaty policies, i.e. agricultural policy which is aimed at levelling subsidies for Polish farmers compared to Western European farmers, or Cohesion Policy, must be secured”.
The discussion between EU leaders concerned also the situation in Syria after Turkey’s attack on its north-eastern part controlled by Syrian Kurds. On Monday, the Heads of diplomacy of Member States condemned that action and agreed on coordination concerning the introduction of an arms embargo through Member States.
Moreover, the questions concerning Albania and North Macedonia were discussed, after France had blocked the decision on opening accession negotiations with these states. “We want to ensure safety. It is in EU’s interest to finish the process of Western Balkans’ integration, so that the external borders were adequately outlined,” concluded the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.