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  • 13 March 2017

    The re-election of Donald Tusk as president of the European Council and the future of the European Union were the issues brought up in the talk between Deputy Minister Konrad Szymański and Robert Mazurek.


    The MFA deputy head explained why Jacek Saryusz-Wolski was put forward as candidate for the president of the European Council. “It leaves no doubt that Jacek Saryusz-Wolski would promote Polish interests in the European Union better than many others,” he argued. He also underscored that what matters is not only the result of the Thursday vote for the president of the European Council. “This is not over yet. (…) This was not only about the vote, it was also about the rules of the game in the European Council, the differences of opinions as to how the Union should function,” recalled the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy. “Principles matter. I believe that Madame Prime Minister showed last Thursday that as far as principles are concerned, Poland will not accept arm-twisting or the use of such instruments as collective pressure or a sort of collective thinking. This is an utterly important experience and I would wish all capitals dwell on it,” noted Deputy Minister Szymański. 

    The secretary of state for European affairs also emphasized that Poland remains open to cooperation with all European partners. “Everyone can be our partner. We welcome cooperation with everyone, under the condition that principles are respected and so are Polish interests. (…) We will also seek to come to agreement with everyone on any matter,” remarked Deputy Minister Szymański.

    The MFA deputy head also added that the EU integration process has so far been positive, but changes are needed in the near future. “We can say that European integration was a major success when it comes to boosting Europe’s economic growth and political stability. (…) However, we also have to say that today this process is called into serious question due to the fact that it fails to rightly respond to the present challenges, as last Thursday showed,” said Deputy Minister Konrad Szymański.

    Source: RMF FM

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