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Polish PM indicates she will accept Rome declaration

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Roberto Galea 24.03.2017 13:58
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has indicated she will sign a key declaration on the bloc’s course after Brexit at this weekend’s EU summit in Rome.
Beata Szydło. Photo: Photo: PAP/Radek PietruszkaBeata Szydło. Photo: Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

Szydło earlier this week warned she would not accept the declaration if did not address issues that are a priority for Poland.

“I can honestly say that the negotiated declaration can be signed because it is safe for Poland and Polish requirements have been fulfilled,” Szydło was quoted as saying on Friday ahead of her trip to the Italian capital.

“The declaration, which is set to be adopted at the EU summit in Rome, is not as ambitious as we expected. Europe can do more, but this is an acceptable document to all member states in the current political situation,” she added

“The value [of the declaration] is that everyone has decided to accept this document.”

“At the last summit in Brussels, when we discussed the shape of this declaration, when there was a discussion on how this document should be worded, what it should contain, I very clearly set the conditions for Poland,” she added.

The EU summit on Saturday is to issue a Rome Declaration, mapping out a vision of the future after Brexit – Britain’s divorce from the bloc.

“The unity of the European Union ... close cooperation with NATO, strengthening the role of national parliaments and, finally, the principles of the common market ... these are the four principles which are a priority for Poland,” Szydło told private broadcaster TVN24.

At a meeting at the palace of Versailles earlier this month, the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Spain spoke out in favour of a multi-speed Europe after Britain leaves the EU.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday that a two-speed Europe would be “a recipe for disaster, division and separation”.

He said there cannot be “a hegemony of countries” that impose their will on others.


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