Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Close cooperation between Poland and Germany necessary to ensure cooperation across Europe

I am very happy that once again Poland will have a Head of German Government as its partner and friend, and that we will be able to continue mutual cooperation in addressing European and bilateral issues. – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after a meeting with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, in Warsaw.

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel on her re-appointment as the German Chancellor, welcoming the will to strengthen partnership between Poland and Germany, which is also referred to in the coalition agreement of the new German government. It was with great satisfaction that I noted the will to further intensify cooperation under the Weimar Triangle, as declared in the coalition agreement – stated the Head of Polish Government. Poland strongly advocates using this formula as a platform for real consultation regarding the most important points on the agenda. We hope that such a meeting will take place in the nearest future.

I would like to ensure you that Poland is ready to make a real contribution to the partnership between Poland and Germany as well – be it in bilateral, European or international dimension. In my opinion, close cooperation between our countries is necessary to ensure very good cooperation across Europe. – stated the Prime Minister. Mutual cooperation is essential to ensure cooperation in Europe under the new Union agenda after the Brexit, as well as to develop new financial framework, common digital policy, common security policy or industrial policy. – he added.

Among topics discussed by the Polish Prime Minister and the German Chancellor was the atrocious chemical gas attack on Siergiej Skripal, which took place in Salisbury.

We agreed that the European Union should give a strong answer, not only a symbolic one. We also expect the Union to include the issue of the Russian attack in the conclusions following the European Council meeting, – underlined the Polish Prime Minister.

Economic policy and the new Union budget

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki underlined that both he and Chancellor Angela Merkel had expressed very high opinions on the economic and commercial cooperation between Poland and Germany. It is nearly a model example, we can say that it is a very close cooperation. Trading volumes have exceeded EUR 100 billion, which is a record high level, and they are still growing, thus bringing our economies closer to each other. I presented the economic policy objectives of our government to Chancellor Merkel, indicating the inextricable link between the growth of our economies and preserving the common market and its mechanisms, – said the Polish Prime Minister.

As the Prime Minister informed, today’s talks were also focused, among other things, on the issues relating to the Posting Directive, freedom to provide services, the mechanism for raising competitiveness on the single market and planned changes in the EU budget.

I underlined the importance of the European solidarity, also in the context of development of a new financial perspective. We are advocating the idea of raising financial contributions of the Member States to the budget due to the gap caused by Brexit. However, we believe that the United Kingdom should partially contribute to the Union budget, – stated the Prime Minister. As he added, the Polish government points to the need for maintaining the Common Agricultural Policy and the structural policy within the European Union.

Unity is key for the Union

We share the same opinion with Chancellor Angela Merkel that ensuring unity of the European Union is key for its future – in particular, it is essential to focus on the citizens’ expectations and the practical aspects of functioning of the EU, as well as on providing citizens with the best value from the Union, stability and security. These are the factors that citizens clearly emphasise during elections in more and more countries, – informed the Prime Minister.

As the Polish Prime Minister pointed out, it is necessary to develop common asylum rules. We believe that the entire asylum, migration and refugee system should be reviewed and improved – we want to work very closely on the new shape of this system with our European partners. We want to develop a common European system and mechanism that will be acceptable and in line with the spirit of solidarity, – said Prime Minister Morawiecki.

As he added, we want, however, to ask our partners to respect certain sensitivities relating to the elements of internal sovereignty, i.e. whom a particular state wants to admit and under what rules.

The Polish Prime Minister assured the openness of Poland for the dialogue both with the European Commission and Union institutions. He added that the discussion with the German Chancellor in the context of bilateral relations concerned, among other things, various economic issues.

Chancellor Merkel proposed that we could symbolically participate in a joint economic event, which would further emphasise our mutual interests in this respect, – concluded Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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