Polish Foreign Minister: EU policy of ‘solidarity and responsibility’
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Poland’s head of diplomacy Grzegorz Schetyna has said that after a decade in the EU, Poland is a strong and influential member which will actively participate in future discussions of the 28-nation bloc.
Poland's Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna speaks in Warsaw on Poland's agenda in the EU. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
The comments come as Schetyna delivered a speech on Poland’s agenda in the EU during a debate organised by demosEuropa Centre for European Strategy and the release of a new report entitled “A New Pact for Europe”.
“Poland’s European policy will be one of solidarity, responsibility and constructive engagement,” Schetyna underlined.
Poland’s chief diplomat highlighted Poland’s importance on the European stage on the day former prime minister Donald Tusk took to the helm of the European Council.
“Today a new era begins and we would like this process not to last for just ten years, but for it to continue and for time to show that the hopes of bygone generations will be realised in a good way and that they will take on a concrete dimension,” Schetyna said of Tusk’s new role in Brussels.
Schetyna was quick to point out Poland’s economic successes since joining the European Union, saying that the country’s GDP has increased by some 50 percent and that “it noted the highest accumulated GDP growth of all member states”.
Poland’s foreign minister also underlined the need for the greater efficacy of EU institutions, also discounting the idea of a ‘multi-speed’ EU simply because not all countries belong to the Eurozone.
Speaking on the challenges which lie ahead of the EU, Schetyna highlighted the bloc’s military and energy security policies, the deepening of integration and the development of the Eastern Partnership initiative – launched by Poland and Sweden – to try and bring six post-Soviet states closer to the EU, both politically and economically.
Schetyna also emphasised the need to evaluate European security with a view to Ukraine, border stability, as well as the ongoing proposal to create an EU energy union. (jb)