The meeting, held during the ceremony of the end of the 2017/18 academic year at the College of Europe in Natolin, was attended by the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schauble.
Unity and justice in the approach to the issue of refugees
During the debate, inter alia, the issue of migration crisis in Europe was raised. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that in that matter “there are different approaches and solutions to the issue”. According to the Head of the Government, in order to solve that issue, it was necessary to strengthen the EU external borders and organise financial resources in such a way so as to develop support programmes for refugees in their countries of origin. As the Prime Minister stressed, “Some leaders begin to understand that forcing the sovereign countries with varying historical experience to accept some numbers of refugees, ignoring the specific situation, is unfair”.
The Head of the Government also mentioned that Poland had helped the refugees from Ukraine “Poland pays its price for stabilising the eastern flank of the European Union. The effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are often underestimated. This is underestimated from the perspective of Brussels, but there is a real war in the Donbass region and about 10 million people live there,” emphasised the Head of the Government.
The Prime Minister stressed the role of cooperation between Poland and the European Investment Bank. “When it comes to the European resilience initiative, our contribution to the Investment Bank is the highest, or the second highest. Maybe this will help create a necessary +Marshall Plan+ for Syria and for Libya to allow the construction of hospitals and schools,” said the Head of the Government. He added that, if the need arose, Poland would be ready to increase the amount of money paid to this fund.
We cannot ignore the opinion of the Europeans on the future of the Community
In the context of the future of Europe, the Head of the Polish Government said that it was necessary to “address big problems” i.e. the fight against tax havens. He pointed out that the Polish government had achieved great success in the fight with VAT mafias and tax offenders, to which it also encouraged other EU countries.
According to the Prime Minister, the key task of the politicians and European elites is to listen to the say of the citizens and to reckon with the Europeans’ opinion in the debate on the future of Europe. According to the Head of the Polish Government, recent election in Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands or in Greece, as well as Brexit, “showed the opinion against Europe. This is a clear sign demonstrating what the Europeans think of the future. We cannot ignore it, we need to take these signals into account,” stated the Head of the Government.
He added that it was also necessary to “demarcate new ways of financing Europe, through which it will be possible to reduce the problme of losses due to a gap in VAT collection and the functioning of tax havens.
He also pointed to the technological development currently taking place. “Who will benefit from this development?” he asked. According to the Prime Minister, the benefits should be “more widely distributed by means of social contracts. We need to build new social agreements, taking into account what is happening in the field of robotics, of the implementation of new technologies and how profits from all these activities are distributed,” he said.
At the end, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressed the young students of the College of Europe “We need to develop new ways of distributing respect, peace, but also prosperity, and that is your task, not just the question that you can ask,” he said.