In my opinion, Stronger Europe means Europe with better security sector, closer cooperation in this area and greater boarder protection – said head of Polish government. He emphasised that if Europe is to develop in the future, it primarily must feel safe.
Mateusz Morawiecki recalled that 11 years ago Russian President, Vladimir Putin,
gave a memorable speech perceived as the beginning of a new era of Russia-Europe relations. The Prime Minister added that Vladimir Putin actually did what he had announced as one year later we saw attack on Georgia and several years later, attack on Ukraine. According to the head of government, in the context of the security of Europe, we have to remember that the Russian issue is no longer just Central and Eastern Europe’s issue but it is a question of entire North Atlantic Alliance and European Union.
In the opinion of the Prime Minister, it is hard to talk about the common security policy and defence policy of the European Union when majority of its Member States do not meet the requirement of allocation of 2% of GDP to defence under NATO.
I think that in the context of 29 countries that comprise NATO, we have to create the way to reach the threshold of 2 percentage points – the Prime Minister noted.
According to Mateusz Morawiecki,
if we want to be more self-sufficient, we really have to protect our safety and take a greater care of it.
The Prime Minister emphasized that sometimes we must fight, e.g., with the Islamic State or in Syria, but we also have to provide assistance in these states to give them hope and ensure development perspectives, also having in mind North Africa and the Middle East.
The head of the government also said that while we are talking about security, we must also remember about fighting poverty, climate change and also social exclusion.
Mateusz Morawiecki talked about the need to take action in a situation where a new environment emerges, such as the hybrid war.
Common defense requires a joint strategy and joint responsibility, which must be enforceable at a national level, the Prime Minister said. He said,
We need real strategies and plans, but we must also have real powers that are prepared not only for a conventional but also a hybrid war.
The Prime Minister explained that cyber security-related issues should be important to the EU.
We believe the EU should be the guardian of cyber security in order to protect European companies against foreign attacks but also to protect the European society against external attacks the Prime Minister said.
According to Mateusz Morawiecki, what matters is to have a common, uniform response to the dangers of misinformation. As the Prime Minister explained,
this is why we need also a common strategy for protection of borders, in particular the external borders of the European Union. He added that it is necessary to find a common answer to migration, as sole implementation of own strategies by particular countries is not enough. As the Prime Minister underlined, it has to be noted that Russia is definitely dominant in the information war.
The Prime Minister concluded that
in order to focus on all challenges surrounding us, such as climate change and challenges related to the migration crisis and hybrid war, we need principally a stronger, more solidarity-based and uniform policy between NATO and the European Union.