Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Our foreign policy is a policy of Polish national interest

The purpose of our foreign policy is to improve the security and real living situation of the Poles – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the meeting with the ambassadors of the Republic of Poland at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The growth of prosperity is possible through the already implemented modernisation of the Polish economy, so as it could become an integral part of the global technological revolution, the first industrial revolution in which Poland can play a significant role” – said the Head of the Government. “An essential part of this modernisation is to guarantee the security of the state so that it was able to develop without risk and to provide appropriate development conditions through the socio-economic integration within the EU – he added.

In his address, the Prime Minister stressed that we did not give up the existing vectors to build the position of Poland in the international arena. Developing friendly neighbourly relationships, active participation in the world’s most powerful military alliance and membership in the countries attached to democratic principles and human rights remain irrefutable axioms of the foreign policy of our country – he stated.

According to the Head of the Government, the issue of economic diplomacy should also be attached to those guidelines, because, as he said, the economic part was often ignored when defining the foreign policy. In the opinion of the Prime Minister, Poland should not only participate in the European project, but also shape it, thanks to which it could become a leader of the economic revolution.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that, in the face of radical changes taking place in Europe, we should ask ourselves how Polish national interest corresponded to the vision of the future of our continent. And he added, one thing is certain, Europe is still in a crisis that has led to real weakening of the Union through, at least, Brexit.

Poland, however, absolutely is not going to follow the way chosen by the United Kingdom. Contrary to what our political opponents try to suggest, we are neither seeking to leave the European structures, nor are we at risk of being excluded from the Union – concluded the Prime Minister.

The Head of the Government also stressed that it was not possible to watch passively when processes in some countries led to dismantling the foundations of common Europe. In his opinion, the effects of the financial and banking crisis continued to influence the nature of relationships among the Member States and the future of the European project, which resulted in transferring the actual decision-making processes to informal bodies. This, in turn, according to the Prime Minister, leads to weakening of the EU’s position and to an increase in Euroscepticism.

We are all the more happy with the fact that the Central European sensitivity, inter alia, in the migration issues has been finally appreciated by the West – said the Prime Minister, referring to the outcome of the concluded EU summit in Brussels. There would have not been such success but for our pertinacity. We had to devote much political capital and conduct many talks in the capitals of Europe in order to be able to stick to our position, but the result of our actions shows that it was worth taking on this challenge. Today, almost everyone can see that the system of compulsory migrant quotas has been faulty at the very heart of its design – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

At the end of his address, the Head of the Government pointed out that solidarity with political refugees and victims of conflict and with the countries that admit hundreds of thousands of migrants is necessary and Poland does not evade such solidarity. However, we cannot agree when someone, under the motto of solidarity, knowing how the Poles appreciate this motto, is trying to impose on us solutions that are impractical and harmful – he added.

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