Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Budapest: We believe in Europe and in European values

In these days, when many different events take place which call the integrity of the European Union into question, we do not call it into question. We believe in Europe, we believe in European values and we want to build them together – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared during a joint press conference with Viktor Orbán in Budapest.

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Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Visegrad Group as the key form of cooperation

We view the current issues in a very similar light – stated the head of the Polish government, summing up the meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister. We have discussed the Visegrad dimension extensively today. The Visegrad countries constitute a key part of Central Europe and of the European Union, as they provide the Union with stable economic growth, security, political stability and a strongly pro-European approach. I think that this is really important and valuable for the entire Community – Prime Minister Morawiecki stressed.

He added that both prime ministers discussed also key economic topics. We strived to make our position on transport, energy and sectoral matters more cohesive. In the vast majority of cases we were able to do so, which proves that we view the current economic reality in a very similar light – even though we look at it from different perspectives – the Prime Minister emphasised.

Brexit and the EU budget

The period of negotiations on the European Union’s multiannual financial framework is close at hand. The Visegrad Group, Poland and Hungary have very similar positions on the future of the next Community budget – stated the Polish Prime Minister. He stressed that both countries intend to present a uniform position in this regard. We need to deal with Brexit together. The mere fact that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union means lower net inflow of funds to the EU budget – stated the Prime Minister. As Prime Minister Morawiecki said, “as for the nearest future, we have substantially the same attitude not only to financial and economic matters, but also to political and social issues.”

A common look at migration issues

We fully agree with the Hungarian attitude towards migration and refugees. We reiterate our position, which has remained unchanged for two years. Sovereign countries need to have right to decide on whom to accept and whom not – stated Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. As he added, the countries of Central Europe do a lot of work to mitigate tension on the eastern flank of the European Union. The war between Russia and Ukraine is still taking place. We are expressly contributing to mitigate tension in the migration area – underlined the Prime Minister.

Centenary of the Polish independence

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki invited the Hungarian Prime Minister to participate in this year’s celebration of the centenary of the Polish independence. Throughout the past centuries, we have always fought for your and our freedoms and solidarity. We would be very delighted to welcome our Hungarian brothers during those celebrations, which are very important to us – underlined the Prime Minister. He emphasised that both countries had also agreed upon concrete actions and project in the area of culture and deepening Polish-Hungarian relationships. I believe that such like-minded nations as ours may have together a very positive influence on the fate of Europe – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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