Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with the head of the Dutch government Mark Rutte in The Hague. The politicians discussed, among other things, the issue of strengthening the security commitment to our region. The reform of the European Union and the issue of unanimity were also among the topics of conversation, as well as the development of common mechanisms on the issue of migration.
The heads of government of Poland and the Netherlands discussed the security situation in our region ahead of the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius. “I want to thank the Dutch Prime Minister for the fact that the Netherlands has a great sensitivity to issues related to the great crisis we all face, namely the war in Ukraine and the barbaric attack by Russia,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed.
Reform of the European Union and the issue of unanimity
Mateusz Morawiecki and Mark Rutte discussed the issue of reforming the functioning of the EU. According to the Polish Prime Minister, this should not concern the area related to changing the principle of unanimity on key issues. Here, the EU should decide in a unanimous manner and work out a consensus. “Poland unequivocally believes that unanimity is a kind of safety valve that protects us from domination by larger and stronger states,” the head of the Polish government explained.
Migration issues should belong to nation states
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that in the event of a large influx of migrants from southern Europe, common mechanisms should be developed to help on the ground. Poland is not shying away from the issue of humanitarian aid to Africa, for example. “We stand on the position that Europe cannot accept every number of migrants”, stressed the head of government. “We need to be able to decide together what migration policy is. And migration policy as such, after all, belongs to the sovereign right of each EU country,” he added.
EU sanctions against Belarus
The Polish Prime Minister and the Dutch head of government also touched on the topic of further sanctions against Belarus. “Belarus serves Russia as part of a chain of circumventing sanctions,” – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out. “I will be raising this topic at the forthcoming European Council, because on the one hand it will be a strengthening of the mechanisms for sealing the sectional packages, and on the other hand a signal to all those who want to work closely with the Kremlin that it is not worth it,” – explained the head of government.