Prime Minister Szydło in Prague: we shall strengthen the role of V4 in building good future for Europe

Objection to mandatory immigration quotas within the EU and hope for the UK remaining within the EU – are the key elements of the declaration adopted last Wednesday at the close of the V4 summit in Prague. During the meeting with Prime Minister Beata Szydło, annual V4 presidency was passed on to Poland.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

As V4, we played an important role at the EU level – Beata Szydło was convincing at the meeting with V4 leaders. Polish Prime Minister taking over V4 presidency thanked the Czech Prime Minister Sobotko. We shall continue the projects and themes started by the Czech presidency and do even more. We also wish to introduce new topics which clearly articulate V4 position, will integrate our countries and will be implemented by us together – said Prime Minister Szydło. She added that Poland was very happy with other V4 countries accepting our proposed action for the upcoming twelve months. 

V4 common and firm position on the migration crisis

Prime Minister Beata Szydło presented a common declaration issued by the V4 leaders after the Wednesday meeting. It contains both the past achievements and future challenges for V4 and the EU. We point to the threats and define the way forward – informed Prime Minister Szydło.

V4 maintains a common and firm position on the EU immigration policy. Like other countries of the region, Poland sees a need of pan-European commitment towards external dimension of immigration. We are prepared for more than average commitment towards the protection of external EU borders or technical assistance. We strengthen our commitment in development assistance and humanitarian aid – enumerated Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that having limited social and political experience with the Middle East we cannot afford participating in allocation programmes or other forms of central management of migration within the EU. Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary criticised the reform proposed by the European Commission in May – the Dublin Regulation, i.e. the asylum procedures in the EU. In particular, their objection concerns emergency reallocation of migrants among Member States and the penalty system for countries that refuse to take the refugees.

Reinforcement of NATO’s Eastern Flank and Brexit

The Head of Polish Government informed Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia about the state of preparations for the NATO summit in Warsaw and our priorities as the host of this important event. We shall advocate the reinforcement of NATO’s Eastern Flank – announced Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Wednesday talks of V4 leaders also concerned the topics of the upcoming EU summit and Brexit. If Great Britain remains in the EU, we shall consider it a favourable solution expected by all of us – stated Prime Minister. She also added that the EU-Great Britain agreement is a good political compromise for both parties.

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