Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: We strongly believe in a strong Europe and a strong Poland in a strong Europe

“Today, I had the opportunity to present a broad vision of Europe, which Poland strongly supports – a Europe based on a developed, strengthened common market,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the press conference in Strasbourg.

Premier Mateusz Morawiecki i Antonio Tajani wchodzą do siedziby Parlamentu Europejskiego 1 of 17
Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Common European market

He recalled one of the four fundamental freedoms laid down in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which created the European community and on which the European Union is founded: the freedom to provide services.

“Freedom to provide services is implemented in a fragmented form. Poland is strongly committed to making the continent as a whole more competitive by strengthening the freedom to provide services, while not creating protectionist barriers,” said the Prime Minister, mentioning the Posting of Workers Directive and the Mobility Package as examples. “The European Union, one common market, must be based on fair principles of reciprocity,” stressed the head of the Polish government.

Security in Europe

As Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, the fundamental challenge Europe is facing is to ensure the security of its citizens “in terms of energy security, defence and internal security, including the issue of migration and refugees”.

The Polish Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the negotiations and the conclusions adopted at the last meeting of European Council last week. He recalled that the Council unanimously agreed that the reform of the Dublin system would be based on consensus.  “In the area of relocation, we have agreed that there should be no compulsory quotas,” he said.

As the Prime Minister underlined, Poland shows solidarity through significant involvement in various support programmes for North Africa and Middle East.

A Europe of solidarity, a Europe of citizens

“Between Poland and the European Parliament there is a lot of common in this respect, as well as in the pillar of a Europe of solidarity, a Europe of citizens and Europe, which treats cohesion funds and its solidarity policies very seriously, in the future and in development. We are definitely opting for such solutions,” said the head of the Polish government.

The Prime Minister informed about his today’s conversation with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.  “We discussed the European budget, digital tax. I emphasized how important it is to consistently and effectively fight tax havens and avoid paying VAT on a European scale,” he said. In this context, he reminded about the success of the Polish government in the effective fight against VAT mafia and tax offenders.

The head of the Polish government thanked for the opportunity to present on the forum of the European Parliament “a broad vision of the European Union that is in trouble and is experiencing a certain crisis.”

“We want to help get out of this crisis. We strongly believe in a strong Europe and a strong Poland in a strong Europe,” concluded the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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