Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Informal Summit of the European Council

We want the highest officials in Brussels to serve building a strong UE which supports the common market and to ensure a good EU budget for the next financial perspective said the Prime Minister in Brussels. The leaders discussed institutional issues in the context of the European Parliament elections and the nearly finished term of Union institutions. The participants discussed also nominations for the key EU positions, e.g. the President of the European Council and of the European Commission, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

The Prime Minister highlighted also that the Polish government seeks to ensure choosing people for the key posts in the EU based on consensus principles between particular Member States. As he added, the topics which are most important for Poland are: energy, climate and economy.

In accordance with the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Parliament elects the president of the Commission, while the European Council proposes to the Parliament its candidate for the office of president taking into account the results of the elections to the European Parliament. The European Council elects its president for a term of two and a half years, renewable once. It also appoints, with the consent of the President of the Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The new President of the European Parliament is expected to be elected during European Parliament’s first session in the new term of office, in early July 2019. The term of office of the new European Commission will begin on 1 November 2019, and the term of office of the new President of the European Council on 1 December 2019.

Moreover, the Head of the Polish government participated in the coordination meeting of the Visegrád Group (V4) leaders in Brussels. The summit was also an opportunity for the prime ministers of V4 to meet the president of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

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