Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after the meeting of the European Council and ASEM Summit in Brussels

The Head of the Polish Government summarized the main topics of the ASEM Summit and the two-day debate of the European Council which were dedicated first of all to Brexit and migration.

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

The question of Brexit

Poland is a country that seeks to work out compromise solutions. Our citizens in the British Isles must have their right guaranteed pointed out the Head of the Polish Government.

I strongly highlight that the so-called ‘no deal’, i.e. lack of an appropriate agreement beetween the United Kingdom and the EU, is not a solution. It is our common interest to find a good solution and we are on the right track to work it out by the end of this year said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, although he pointed out that in this issue he is a moderate optimist.

The Head of Government declared that, when it comes to Brexit, Poland proposes more creative solutions, the most flexible approach possible and a flexible mandate for the European Commission and in the eyes of many countries it gains as a stabilising country which at any cost wants reconciliation and compromise.

Migration policy

Summarizing the two-day meeting of the European Council in Brussels, the Prime Minister referred to its second topic which was the migration policy.

As he said, sometimes information appear that some new proposals are to be discussed by the European Council however, conclusions that receiving refugees is fully voluntary, that Member States are sovereign in this matter, that there is no compulsory nature have already been agreed during the meeting of the European Council in June.

The Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized that our negotiating position, which we have strongly maintained for months, got through and today we talked about the fact that the Austrian presidency should propose the different actions and specific procedures which would be aimed towards the implementation of the June conclusions.

As the Prime Minister pointed out, after the establishment of the Italian Government, there is an increasing number of countries which are very sceptical when it comes to the process of receiving migrants.

The ASEM Summit (Asia-Europe Meeting)

I am glad that our proposals concerning the prohibition to circumvent the payment of taxes or tax havens gain growing recognition. This is a fundamental issue for us said the Prime Minister in summary of the summit, which aims at stregthening the trade and security ties.

He added that under ASEM certain ideas and proposals are emerging, which are important for OECD and the European Commission. As the Head of Government stressed the Polish economy is growing fast and the tightening of tax system and the fight against tax havens are becoming more and more effective. The different countries understand that tax havens and tax evasion are bad and dangerous phenomenon for the whole world.

I am glad that Asia-Europe Summit was so positive from the Polish point of view said the Prime Minister.

In the margins of ASEM Summit (Asia-Europe) the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki participated in the bilateral meetings with the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The Head of Polish Government together with the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group: Czech Republic - Andrej Babisz, Slovakia - Peter Pellegrini and Hungary - Viktor Orbán met with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During his stay in Brussels, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also met with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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