Prime Minister Morawiecki: on Brexit, Polish interests have been secured, and the voice of Polish government on migration has become to be heard better

The first official visit of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to Brussels has finished. EU leaders discussed the security and defence policy, social dimension, education and culture, as well as migration.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Brexit - Polish interests secured

All agreements on Brexit have been adopted in a form, which is very favourable to us. This makes me particularly happy, emphasised Mateusz Morawiecki. The Prime Minister said he was happy that the European Council had given the green light for the second stage of negotiations on Brexit. He added that Polish interests in the United Kingdom and the right of Poles in the Isles were secured.

It is no secret to anyone that for Poland cares first of all about our citizens in the United Kingdom, their rights in social policy, retention of these rights and certain transition periods acceptable to Poland, declared Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Among other priorities, he mentioned providing a guarantee for safety of financing of self-government project following exit of the United Kingdom from the EU.
On Thursday evening the head of the government met British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels. They discussed the state of play in negotiations on Brexit. In the course of the meeting Polish-British strategic relations and partnership were confirmed. British Prime Minister congratulated Prime Minister Morawiecki on his appointment as the head of the government.

Good discussions with the President of France

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that in the course of the bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron they discussed several very important topics, including: climate change, energy security, the Directive on posted workers. They also discussed the strategic cooperation in the EU defence domain (PESCO). Position on the Gas Directive and the mobility package were also discussed.

As the head of the government emphasised, these were good discussions. He added that he invited the French President for celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence, to be held next year. He emphasised that in 1918 France had been Poland’s important ally.

Poland better heard on refugees

In the view of the President of the Council of Ministers the voice of Polish government on migration has become better heard. He stated that returning from the summit he was bringing a little light of hope for solving of the problem of refugees. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reminded that for two years Poland had emphasises that forced relocation of refugees was not a proper solution. During the summit the longest discussion were devoted to the very problem of migration, as some countries continued to support this solution.
So, what is the light in the tunnel? We demonstrated very clearly that we wanted to support these people on the spot, that it was not just empty words, that these were not insignificant funds and several odd containers, but that it was a great effort, he said. He added that in the course of the summit Poland declared readiness to provide assistance on the spot and to secure external EU borders. We understand the problems on EU external borders, stressed Mateusz Morawiecki.

In this context I emphasised the problem of Ukraine very strongly and the fact that we are assisting in discharging the tensions on the eastern flank of of the EU. This discussion immediately followed the discussion on sanctions against Russia and therefore there was a certain correlation here, the connection between the two topics, which facilitated understanding of our partners, stressed the head of the government.

Retention of sanctions against Russia

With the exception of several smaller countries from the south of Europe, everyone understands that sanctions against Russia must be extended, as they are not only a component of the policy of exerting pressure on Russia, but they are also a certain symbol of the European Union disagreeing with the annexation of Crimea and disagreeing with the war in the eastern part of Ukraine. We are striving for the Minsk agreement to be still respected, stated the Prime Minister.

Strengthened EU defence forces

The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the establishment of the permanent structural cooperation in the EU defence domain (PESCO). He added that Poland wanted to strengthen the defensive power of the EU in full coordination with NATO, which - as he emphasised - is our primary guarantor of security.
In Brussels, Mateusz Morawiecki participated in the ceremony of establishment of the mechanism for permanent structured cooperation in the area of defence and security (PESCO). 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.

Subsequent meetings

Prime Minister Mateusz Mateusz Morawiecki declared that in February he would hold a meeting with the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, in the course of which he would explain the details of the reform of the judiciary. The European Commission has its procedure, we believe that we have the right to changes in the system of judiciary. I explained this issue very briefly, but we arranged for clarification of details pertaining to the reform of the judiciary and for a longer meeting with the President in January, informed the head of Polish government. He added that in the course of Thursday meeting of V4 heads of governments with the head of the Commission, he agreed with Jean-Claude Juncker they would have a dialogue on this issue.
The debate on Poland in the Commission has been announced for 20 December. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that irrespective of what would happen, he wished to continue the dialogue with Brussels.

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