Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: we will explain our approach towards relocation policy and refugees

I am very happy that our approach to the issue of migrants finds increasing understanding in Brussels, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki before the meeting of the Visegrád Group with the head of Italian government Paolo Gentiloni.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

We are arguing that it is worth to allocate money to assists migrants on the spot, where the assistance is most effective, said Prime Minister. He added that Poland had transferred EUR 50 million, a very large amount, for cooperation under the European Investment Bank and more than EUR 7 million for assistance in North Africa, Libya and other countries of North Africa.

On the margins of the EC meeting Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki shall be meeting his counterparts from the Visegrád Group countries, to whom he shall present Poland’s position on relocation of refugees.

Establishment of the defence and security structure (PESCO)

We wish to develop the defence potential of entire Europe with full convergence with NATO, stated Mateusz Morawiecki before the ceremony of establishing the mechanism for permanent structured cooperation in the area of defence and security (PESCO) in the EC.  On 13 November this year 23 countries joined PESCO: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary and Italy. Soon after they were joined by Ireland and Portugal. PESCO countries presented a list of first joint projects, which - apart from strengthening of the defence potential of the group - are to facilitate joint use of state-of-the-art technologies and prevent unnecessary duplication of expenditure.

Brexit

The head of the government welcomed the results of Brexit negotiations so far and he declared he would meet British Prime Minister Theresa May. When it comes to Brexit, today we are encouraged by the results of negotiations so far. Our two fundamental proposals related to our citizens - Polish citizens we must care for - as well as financial topics, have been positively addressed. We believe that this is a good direction of action, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The President of the Council of Ministers, together with other heads of states and governments, is taking part in the meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 14 and 15 December. Meetings of Prime Ministers of the V4 countries with the participation of the Prime Minister of Italy and the President of the European Commission, as well as the meeting of the head of Polish government with the president of the Republic of France have also been planned.

The European Council shall review actions taken so far, including EU-NATO cooperation and collaboration under other initiatives in the area of security and defence, such as the European defence industrial development programme. The EC shall refer to the results of the Social Summit and to the discussion of leaders carried out in Göteborg on EU activities in the area of education and culture.  Heads of states and governments shall also discuss external and internal aspects of the migration policy.


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