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  • “Our position in the Union is increasingly important. (. . .) Over the past seven years, our credibility as a partner that’s sometimes tough but reliable has become firmly established. This is the capital we’ll base our European policy on,” the MFA Secretary of State for European Affairs, Rafał Trzaskowski, said whilst taking stock of Poland’s relations.


    The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy pointed to relations with Ukraine, shaping the EU climate policy, ensuring Poland’s energy security, and deepening the single European market for services as foreign policy priorities of the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. “Our European policy priorities remain by and large the same, because the challenges we face are the same, too,” Deputy Minister Trzaskowski told the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita.

    Speaking of the upcoming EU climate summit, Secretary of State Rafał Trzaskowski recalled that Poland has been consistently cutting its greenhouse gas emissions, but added that our country cannot set itself further reduction targets. “In such sectors as transport or agriculture the emissions will probably even increase. That’s normal, as we are still working our way up economically,” said Deputy Minister Trzaskowski. He also observed that the climate policy should not become a drag on the European economy emerging from the crisis.


    “As far as Poland is concerned, the idea of building a coal-free economy strikes a direct blow to our energy security, making us even more dependent on external suppliers,” said Secretary of State Rafał Trzaskowski, highlighting the link between the EU climate policy and our country’s energy security. “We will fight for an energy union,” declared the deputy foreign minister, and urged the European Union to oblige its member states to assist their partners in the event of a gas crisis. “Another important point will be to rid supply contracts of clauses that ban the resale of gas to other entities. The European Commission should not be accepting this,” he added.


    Moreover, Deputy Minister Trzaskowski announced that Poland does not accept discrimination against its nationals who take advantage of the EU privilege of the free movement of workers, and that our country will endorse the liberalization of the EU services market. In the EU, the Polish government will also be lobbying for an idea that was originally put forward by Finance Minister Mateusz Szczurek. He suggested that a fund worth EUR 700 billion be set up as part of the European Investment Bank. Comprising public and private capital, the fund would pose no threat to the EU’s fiscal stability. “We are at the forefront of the discussion on how to stimulate the European economy, and we have some concrete ideas,” underlined the deputy chief of Poland’s diplomacy.




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