The topics of the European Council Summit were migration, Brexit, climate policy, multiannual financial framework and sanctions against Russia

The two-day summit of the European Council in Brussels has ended. During the summit the leaders decided that the financial instrument to mitigate the effects of the crisis in euro area is to be part of the EU budget for 2021–2027 and is to be subject to guidelines of euro area countries.

 


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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

The euro area should press forward with structural reforms and we support this financial instrument within multiannual financial framework, the shape of which we can influence. That it what we called for said he.

In his opinion, the fact that this instrument will be part of multiannual financial framework means that it is not a separate budget, which is basic for the protection of Poland’s interests.

New EU budget for 2021–2027

EU leaders want the agreement on the new budget to be reached during autumn 2019, and not before the European Parliament elections in May, as the European Commission announced.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the priority of the Polish government is not the pace of work on the EU budget, but considering Poland’s interests. The Prime Minister pointed out that the Polish government will not agree on discriminatory cuts in cohesion and common agricultural policies and that it fights for the highest possible subsidies for farmers.

Extending of the sanctions and critical position of the 28 towards Russia

In the context of the events at the Sea of Azov, the Prime Minister emphasized that Poland’s stance on this matter is very critical. He reminded that Poland was very active in the EU forum in order to develop a relevant statement on this matter.

The European Council decided unanimously to extend the economic sanctions against Russia for the next half a year.

Climate policy

The strengthening of the European Council’s role in deciding on climate policy was agreed, which means that without the consent of individual countries it will not be possible to determine additional instruments and climate goals, if the opinions of individual countries will not be taken into account. The Prime Minister emphasized Poland’s different starting point in climate policy than the starting point of other EU states.

Brexit

The Head of the Polish government ensured that Poland is prepared for the absence of agreement between the EU and GB, and he reminded that in such a situation there exist bilateral agreements in relation to mutual treatment of Polish citizens in the British Isles, and of British citizens in Poland – on the basis of reciprocity and with respecting all existing social conditions of functioning of this population.

Migration

Decisions on migration and asylum policies will be taken in Warsaw and it is a great victory of our country emphasized the Head of the Polish government. The EU develops specific criteria for applying migration and asylum policies in the form that was agreed during the European Council summit in June this year.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Spain

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchenz. The topics of the meeting were bilateral relations and possibility of cooperation between Poland and Spain in the process of negotiations of the multiannual financial framework and the future of cohesion policy. The Prime Minister Pedro Sánchenz has taken a positive view of Poland’s engagement in conducting the climate conference COP 24. The Prime Ministers discussed also the issue of combating fiscal crime in both countries. Pedro Sánchenz announced the organization of Polish and Spanish intergovernmental consultations in the first half of next year.


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