In the opinion of Prime Minister, recent two years restored empowerment and civic dimension in the Polish foreign policy.
After the annual meeting with ambassadors, the Prime Minister said that the decisions taken by NATO in Newport and in Warsaw had restored the possibility to implement the main function of the Alliance, i.e. collective defence. She stressed that the performance of decisions made in Warsaw, in particular the presence of allied troops in Poland and the Baltic states, had become a clear signal that further attempts to question the European order would not be tolerated. Referring to security, the Prime Minister emphasized that Poland was currently a safer country than two years ago. She stressed that Poland was carefully watching the activities of its neighbours, for example in the context of Zapad 2017 exercise planned for next week near Poland’s eastern border.
Poland as an active participant of the debate on the future of the EU
Beata Szydło pointed to integration of the countries from our region as a great achievement.
We became active participants of the debate on the future of the European Union and gave a new impetus to development of regional cooperation in numerous fields, she sated. She added that the activity of the Visegrád Group had transformed the political landscape of Europe.
As a region, we are no longer passive peripheries, said the Prime Minister.
Poland as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council
The Prime Minister also pointed to the success of Poland, i.e. non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council.
Our activities were noticed and appreciated around the world. This is demonstrated by Poland becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2018-2019. It is a great success of the Polish government and the Polish diplomacy, said Beata Szydło. In the opinion of the Prime Minister, it is the result of hard work and a proof that we are able to effectively build international support around shared values, such as solidarity, responsibility and commitment.
Good cooperation of Poland and the USA
The authority of our country on the international arena was also demonstrated at the Trimarium summit in Warsaw attended by Donald Trump, said Beata Szydło. She added that the visit of the American president would not have been possible without intensified cooperation with the United States. She stated that she hoped that in future this would translate into deeper cooperation in the area of energy security.
Future of the European Union
The most important dilemma for Poland in the area of foreign relation is the future of the European Union. Until recently, the prevailing belief was that the European project may only lead to stronger integration. Now we know that it is not so. The Union is at a turning point, said the Prime Minister.
She also referred to Brexit. In her opinion, the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the EU is an unprecedented event which closes a certain chapter in the history of the European project. She declared that Poland was ready for a difficult, but necessary discussion on the future of the European Union. “Polexit is out of the question, despite the suggestions put forward by some circles. The government will never agree to talk about Poland leaving the European Union,” stressed Beata Szydło.
EU needs reform to be strong
The Prime Minister said that Poland wanted internal reform of the European Union in line with the treaties and interests of all Member States. She argued that the Polish government wanted to strengthen the EU, because they are concerned about its future.
We believe that currently at least some Member States are treated in a way which may undermine the principles on which the European Union is founded, said Beata Szydło.
According to the Prime Minister, some European politicians, in particular from the EU institutions, are not ready for an important discussion on the future of the EU. In her opinion, such debate is necessary for development and membership of our country in the EU, which is the current objective of her government.
Poland wants the strengthening of the role of national parliaments in the European Union, said Beata Szydło. She emphasized that Poland was sceptical about the concept of
hard core, two-speed or small Unions.
We believe that such solutions would be conducive to disintegration of the European Union rather than its strengthening, stated the Prime Minister.
Issue of posted workers
Poland strongly opposes the idea of intelligent protectionism promoted in many Western European countries. This concept is illustrated by the debate on the so-called social dumping and the idea to adopt legal regulations designed to raise remunerations of posted workers by using administrative measures, said the Prime Minister. As she underlined, such actions will result in a limitation of competitiveness of European economies.
Problem of migration
In relation to the current problem of migration, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said that Poland was ready to participate in the EU actions contributing to solve the existing problems. She assured that Poland would increase its involvement in humanitarian aid in the countries that really need such support. She underlined that in order to stop the current wave of migration, the tightness of border must be ensured. According to the Prime Minister, one of the reasons why such actions are necessary is the fact that the majority of refugees are economic migrants.
We will not agree to the solutions imposed by the EU that actually threaten the security of our citizens, stated Szydło.
Challenges of the European Union
A strong Poland is a blessing to the nations of Europe, and a strong Europe is a blessing to the West and to the world, said the Prime Minister, citing the words of President of the United States Donald Trump. She added that this was the way in which the Polish diplomacy should operate in the nearest future.
The debate on the future of the European Union, coinciding with the discussion on the EU financial framework for 2021–2027, will be a particular challenge. Our participation in this process will be accompanied by adverse circumstances, primarily the dispute with the Commission over the scope of sovereignty of Member States in relation to such fundamental issues as the legal system or the migration policy, said the Prime Minister.
Development and security
Currently, Poland focuses on fast development and security of its citizens The changes we are introducing will show that Poland is a country that has to be respected, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that
Poland is a democratic country, which wants to cooperate with all its allies, neighbours and partners on a partnership basis. As she stated, the times are difficult and Poland has to face many challenges.
The stake we are fighting for is enormous – it is the future of the Republic of Poland in the 21st century. I believe that we will deal with this task through our joint efforts, said Beata Szydło.
Moreover, the Prime Minister called the ambassadors to jointly speak about Poland with one voice.
We need this to protect the rights of Poland and Poles, to truly present our position, to make a white-and-red team in order to build a good future for our homeland and our citizens, concluded Prime Minister Beata Szydło.