Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during “Together for Europe – High Level Summit”

The summit which took place in the Royal Castle in Warsaw is part of the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union. At the initiative of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, heads and representatives of Governments of 12 states which joined the EU in 2004 and later were invited to the common celebration.

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Fot. Krystian Maj, Mateusz Kostrzewa / KPRM

The participants of the summit adopted a common declaration on EU’s future. The declaration covers the role of the common market and the budget for the next financial perspective, as well as security, Eastern Partnership, and further EU enlargement. As the Prime Minister pointed out, this declaration shows a very far-reaching coherence of all our countries.

The meeting was an opportunity to sum up the current membership experience in the EU and to discuss the priorities and challenges faced by the Community in the coming months. The discussion concerned issues such as the new institutional cycle after the elections to the European Parliament, Brexit, and current negotiations on the multi-annual EU budget.

During the conference with the Prime Minister of Romania, Viorica Dăncilă, the Polish Head of Government said that Central Europe countries are the engine of the economic growth for the whole EU. He highlighted also the differences in problems and challenges in different parts of Europe.

The Prime Minister also talked about cohesion and solidarity shown during the debate over priorities. As he added, during European Councils, we will represent our interests, speak with one voice, and thus we can be more efficient.

Among the summit topics, the Head of Government listed also migration and the issue of refugees, as well as tax collection. During the debate, we mentioned also issues discussed less frequently, namely the EU-wide VAT gap which amounts to around EUR 150 billion, and tax havens, i.e. CIT gap, which deprive most Member States of further  EUR 150 billion at least, he said.

At the end, he thanked everybody for their attendance as well as interesting and informed debate.

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