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  • 9 February 2018

    “What matters most right now is our dialogue with the Commission. There is no reason to rush a debate in the Council,” Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Brussels, following a series of meetings with the European Commission’s officials.

    The Polish top diplomat met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Commissioner Věra Jourová. He also spoke with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

     


     

    During his meeting with High Representative Federica Mogherini, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz underscored Poland’s growing involvement in the EU’s southern neighbourhood  both as regards financial contributions and operational support. He pointed to Poland’s increased contribution to the EUNAVFOR MED Sophia and EUBAM Libya EU missions, its involvement in Frontex operations in the Mediterranean Sea and increasing financial support for measures aimed at combating illegal migration and aiding refugees from the region.
     

    The talks also highlighted the significance of the Eastern Partnership. There was unanimity over the critical importance of implementing decisions taken at the recent Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels on 24 November 2017, of pressing on with reforms in the Eastern Partnership countries and of strengthening their resilience. As regards the EU eastern policy, the interlocutors agreed that sanctions imposed on Russia need to be sustained, due to the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

     

     
    The Polish MFA head stressed that Poland is ready to cooperate with EU High Representative on key international issues as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018-2019.

     
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz’s meeting with Vice-President Timmermans was an opportunity to continue the talks initiated by the Polish foreign minister this January as part of Poland’s dialogue with the European Commission on the current reforms of the Polish judiciary. The minister and the vice-president took stock of the ongoing expert consultations regarding this issue. “We are determined to clear away any misunderstandings with the European Commission,” said the Polish top diplomat. “We are not going to back out of the reforms. We just want the EC to analyze the new regulations in a comprehensive manner, taking into account the whole context to fully understand the reasons why we are introducing the amendments,” he added. Both sides reaffirmed their will to maintain regular contacts on both expert and political levels.

     
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Commissioner Věra Jourová discussed issues concerning her work on drafting criteria for assessing the independence and functioning of justice systems to be taken into account when proceeding with allocations from the EU budget in the next financial framework. “We are against linking the Art. 7 (1) TEU procedure with allocations from the EU budget. It is contrary to EU law and goes against the aims of Cohesion Policy as set out in the Treaties,” underlined Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

     

     
    During his Brussels visit, the Polish top diplomat reiterated that Poland considers its dialogue with the Commission as just one of the themes of a broader European cooperation. “Poland seeks to be actively involved in the debate on the EU future, it takes part in EU policies in the area of trade, energy and defence, to mention just a few,” observed the minister.
     

    When speaking with Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the Polish foreign minister noted that there is a need for the EC to intensify measures to protect the single market by counteracting protectionist practices of some member states and by ensuring respect for the four fundamental freedoms, in particular the free movement of goods and services (also in the context of the Posting of Workers Directive adopted last year). “Such protectionist practices are unacceptable and it is the duty of the European Commission to react accordingly,” emphasized Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. “Companies from the new member states should not feel discriminated against,” he added.

     

     
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also noted that the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme should focus on ensuring an inclusive and balanced development of EU defence industry with due participation of SMEs and mid-cap companies.
     

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