Poland will propose vital reforms to EU: PM
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Poland will put forward proposals for reforms which the EU needs in order to survive following Brexit, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said on Tuesday.
PM Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
She was speaking after carrying out a review of the work of Poland’s foreign ministry, just over a year after taking office.
Szydło said: "Our ambition is to present a comprehensive proposal of changes and reform in the EU ... which will guarantee that the Union survives and further develops, taking into account the interests of all member states, and not only the interests of the stronger countries, which have so far dictated terms to all the others."
Szydło said that Poland wanted a "strengthening of nation states, national parliaments” and added that "perhaps talks are also needed about changing the [EU] treaties."
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Poland would seek new markets abroad.
The Polish Foreign Ministry, together with the Ministry of Development, is planning to open some 70 trade offices around the world, the PAP news agency reported. Poland will also open consulates in Belfast and Houston.
Szydło heads a conservative government that was appointed after her Law and Justice (PiS) party swept to power in late 2015, scoring a landslide win in parliamentary elections.
Szydło is reviewing government ministries and setting out tasks for 2017. She has already met the ministers for defence, the interior, health, labour and social policy, justice, as well as the head of secret services.