Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on his first foreign visit to Brussels

We want to play a stabilising role in European economy, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki before the summit of the European Council in Brussels.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The discussion on the Eurozone

The Prime Minister informed that the topic of the summit of the European Council would be the Eurozone and various methods of reforming it. The Eurozone is still in the crisis, which has started 10 years ago. It continues to change its face and it has not yet finished, Mateusz Morawiecki argued.
We are a vigilant observer of what is happening in the Eurozone, as we would like to see it in the best possible shape, both in the economic and stabilising aspects, said the President of the Council of Ministers. He emphasised that this was the reason why Poland discussed the Banking Union and other pillars of the Eurozone, such as for example guaranteed deposits or a uniform oversight. All these topics are on the agenda and we are showing that we want to play, as we have so far, a stabilising role in European economy and the entire shape of the financial system, which is of utmost importance to the economic policy. As the Prime Minister emphasised, we were not discussing Poland’s joining the Eurozone, but the stability of the Eurozone, which is in a very difficult situation.

Assistance to migrants

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised that there was a full agreement among the countries of the Visegrád Group on the issue of approaching migration. The joint position was presented in the course of discussions of V4 heads of governments with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and it was received very well. I am happy that in this context the President of the European Council begins speaking the language Poland speaks, added the President of the of the Council of Ministers. He emphasised that Poland was determined to help people affected by wars and other atrocities, but on the spot, as the assistance is then more effective.

Financing of aid programmes

According to the head of the government, also Polish approach to financing of international initiatives related to elimination of conflict areas in other parts of the world, which is related to the topic of refugees, was very well received by the head of the EC. Prime Minister Morawiecki listed a number of aid initiatives, in which Poland participated, including: European Resilience, financial instruments of the European Investment Bank, EU Trust Fund. In his opinion this type of support was bringing results, which could be confirmed by the decreasing number of persons seeking shelter in the southern part of Italy.

Brexit

Negotiations related to the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union are another topic of the discussion of heads of states and governments. According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the likely compromise which shall be achieved shall be good for both side. In fact the proposals, which were important to us, so proper care of our citizens in the United Kingdom, founded on regulations pertaining to equal treatment, particularly equal treatment when it comes to social security privileges, are in line with what we propose, he emphasised.
In the view of the Prime Minister, another important topic is the discussion on participation of the United Kingdom in the EU budget in the next few years, as the present financial perspective finishes in 2020.

Strengthening of the defence policy in Europe

The third area, where we have made a very big progress, and I shall talk about it with President Macron, is the issue of structured cooperation in defence policy, informed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Here, we are demonstrating a far reaching will of cooperation, which is convergent with our interests. We want to present, when strong armed forces in Europe are built, added the head of Polish government. He emphasised that we were interested in building military cooperation and that he counted that it would be positively received by our international partners. At the same time Mateusz Morawiecki pointed to the fact that NATO and the United States shall remain the primary guarantors of Poland’s security, as they were out strongest ally in the framework of external security policy.


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