Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Over the last few years, we have reconciled issues of great importance in Poland: strong economic growth and low budget deficit, and at the same time social solidarity said the Head of the Polish Government during the World Economic Forum in Davos.


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

Poland is at the same time pro-European, pro-American, and proud of its achievements said the Prime Minister.

Referring to the existing structural programmes, including the cohesion policy, the Prime Minister declared that he would support the continuation of these very good programmes within the next multiannual financial framework.

As the Prime Minister noticed, Europe is diverse, and he himself sees the European identity through its diversity.

We must also ask ourselves whether the EU will be strong with strong Member States or weaker. According to the Head of the Polish Government, strong and more equal Member States will act as a guarantor of a strong European Union.

Summarizing this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that globalisation was one of the topics discussed. The Forum participants discussed the future of the best tax, economic, financial, political solutions, inter alia, with the heads of the international institutions. As he added, it is important that we are part of the best possible solutions.

The Prime Minister said that in Poland, on the one hand, we ensure social cohesion, increasing spending on social policy, while at the same time the budget deficit remains stable.

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During the 49th meeting of the World Economic Forum, Mateusz Morawiecki participated in selected sessions of the Forum and held a number of informal bilateral meetings with business representatives and heads of government. 

As part of the Forum’s programme, he took part in panel discussions on European matters, competitiveness of the European economic system, globalisation, and the future of the EU.

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, the pavilion of Poland and Polish business was opened for the first time. It is a place where our country is presented and numerous business meetings are held.

On Thursday in Davos, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki resumed his meetings with heads of other countries’ government and business and economics representatives. 

In the morning, the Prime Minister met with prof. Justin Yifu Lin, one of the world's most famous economists. The Head of the Polish Government discussed the Polish economic model and the reforms introduced over the last three years. 

He then met with Mr. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, the largest technology company in the US. The dialogue focused on Apple's investments in Europe and the prospects related to Brexit. 

The Prime Minister attended the panel discussion The new impetus for Europe as well, where he spoke about the Polish contribution to the development of European integration, ideas for EU reforms and the necessity to revive the sense of influence on future of the Community among the Europeans. Apart from the Prime Minister, the participants in the discussions included: EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstöm, Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte and Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar. 

On the sidelines of the meeting, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also held a long discussion with Mr Leo Varadkar. During that discussion, Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that Poland wishes that Brexit would progress as smoothly and painlessly for both Polish and Irish people and companies and the UE as a whole as possible. The Prime Minister stressed that the final agreement must be accepted by all EU states, including Ireland.

For the rest of the day, the Prime Minister held further meetings under the Informal Gatherings of World Economic Leaders. The Prime Minister met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, among others. Meetings with Prime Ministers of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, and Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, were held as well, focusing on economic cooperation development between these countries and Poland, and their partnership with the European Union.

Visit to Davos provided also an opportunity for the Prime Minister to hold talks with the foreign media. The main topics of the interviews given to the BBC and CNN were Brexit and issues of European integration.


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