Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Sofia: We want joint action in the EU

“The Summit in Sofia was very successful, despite the fact that the issues discussed were very difficult,” said the head of government after the meeting of the EU and Western Balkans leaders in the capital of Bulgaria.


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Enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans

“Enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans countries, taking account of the problems of migration and potential destabilisation in that region, was one of the main issues discussed during the EU Summit in Sofia” concluded Mateusz Morawiecki. He added that unless the European Union is present in that region, other great powers, such as Russia and China, will enter there. “Certainly, also Turkey is interested in that region,” highlighted Mateusz Morawiecki.

The Prime Minister declared that Western Balkans could contribute to the common interest of the EU, that is to the protection of the external borders of the Community. “Just as Poland protects EU’s external borders properly controlling migration and refugee flows, we would like also the South of Europe to be well protected,” highlighted the Prime Minister.

Mateusz Morawiecki added that during the Thursday meeting of the Visegrad Group, all heads of governments declared full unity in relation to migration and refugees.

The head of the Polish government argued that through the policy of assistance to refugees on the spot, Poland contributed to the drop in the influx of refugees to the EU. “We take part in the largest programmes, including programmes related to the European Investment Bank, Resilience Initiative in the Middle East, North Africa, and the wave of refugees drops,” concluded Mateusz Morawiecki.

Termination of the agreement with Iran by the US

Our Prime Minister pointed out the risks related to the Iran’s ballistic missile program. According to him “this programme is still uncertain”. He added that “unilateral termination of the agreement by the US is an issue that needs to be addressed in consistent way at EU level”.

The Prime Minister declared that the EU together with the US should develop a new agreement with Iran. “As some states maintained this agreement, while the US terminated it, we should try to develop a new agreement,” stressed the Prime Minister.

Imposition of duties on steel and aluminium by the US

“We want to have duties suspended by the US for an indefinite period and in return we offer an enhanced formula of economic cooperation for industrial products,” declared the head of government. He added that Poland means “only agricultural products and widely understood car industry”. ‘It is particularly important for Poland’s interest, as this year we expect a record of car parts’ and cars’ export form Poland, over PLN 100 billions,” he explained.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki highlighted that when it comes to duties, Poland takes a constructive position and seeks to mitigate the tensions. “In Poland we all believe – over political divisions – in the community of the transatlantic alliance of the European Union and the United States and it is a value that we need to underline,” concluded the Prime Minister.

Digital economy

“Digital economy appears to us as a great opportunity for Polish entrepreneurs who find it easier to enter foreign markets based on the most recent technologies,” stated the Prime Minister. He added that the possible introduction of digital tax for international companies in the EU may cause a situation in which companies would start to pay taxes where they sell.

The Prime Minister informed also that the discussion during the bilateral meetings covered also questions related to the EU budget for the years 2021-2027. According to him, Polish “structural funds, agricultural policy as well as the funds for agriculture and rural development should not be reduced”.