Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: I believe in Europe and in a great future ahead of us

We are all looking for a new vision of Europe, people want a new deal, a new social contract, said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Brussels Forum when answering the question whether the Member States have a common vision of Europe’s future.

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I believe that we have a great future ahead of us and that we need to find a common denominator in certain areas, such as migration. We need to be visionaries when it comes to dangers, said the head of the Polish government.

We must all find a way to better cooperate and bring harmony where it is needed, but we cannot focus too much on centralisation. We need more deregulation rather than regulation, said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki when asked about competing visions of the future of Europe.

According to the head of the Polish government, the motto “More Europe” sounds very fine, but cooperation covers different dimensions which must complement each other and do not have to compete. Solidarity, which must be shown in various areas, is crucial.

The Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that when it came to migration, a common European denominator needed to be developed as a solution to this problem. He expressed his conviction that the best solution was on-the-spot assistance, such as provided by Poland. He also stated that Poland was a committed supporter of the creation of a European army in the long term and that PESCO marked a first step in the right direction.

White Paper

The Prime Minister stressed that during that day’s meeting with the President and the Vice President of the European Commission, he had presented an official government document – the White Paper on the reform of the Polish judicial system. As he said, it contains explanations thanks to which all interested parties will be able to familiarise themselves with the specific nature of the Polish judiciary and will not have to rely only on partial information.

I am convinced that the judicial system in Poland will become much more independent than in the past, and I hope that, step by step, we will be able to convince the European Commission that this will indeed be the case, said the head of the Polish government.

According to the Prime Minister, there are certain differences in the way individual European countries are treated. The head of government mentioned that the Western capital had colonised Eastern Europe. Some countries are more equal than others. We are not complaining, however, and we are trying to find a common language, he added.

It is important that elites listen to the voice of society

The Prime Minister stressed that elites in many European countries were not separated from society and that the problems of the latter must be heard. As he said, we will not increase participation in democracy by ignoring the important voice of a significant part of the society.

According to the head of government, the problem of tax havens should become a priority for the European Union. He recalled that the EC calculated that the losses related to that issue amounted to PLN 150–200 billion, i.e. the annual EU budget. He also mentioned that Poland had been successful in the fight against the “VAT mafia” and in eliminating tax havens.

The participation in the Brussels Forum session was organised by the German Marshall Fund think tank. The Brussels Forum is an annual meeting devoted to current political and economic issues on both sides of the Atlantic.

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