Poland belongs to EU but sovereignty is of utmost importance, PM says – The First News

Waldemar Deska / PAP

The Polish prime minister said Poland’s place was in the European Union, but added that this could not mean the end of its sovereignty.

“Law and Justice (PiS) believes that Poland’s place is in the EU but sovereignty cannot be given up just because someone has misinterpreted the treaties,” Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday.

Referring to Donald Tusk’s statement accusing the ruling party of planning a ‘Polexit’, Morawiecki said that ‘this is an element of manipulation and false propaganda’.

Tusk, former Polish Prime Minister and President of the European Council, is once again at the head of his centrist opposition Civic Platform (PO) party.

Repeating that Poland is a sovereign country, Morawiecki said that “it did not function under the diktat of Brussels or any other capital”.

The Prime Minister said that both the EU Accession Treaty and previous acts clearly defined the competences which belonged to EU member countries.

“So Poland demands that the treaties be fully respected,” he said.

Morawiecki also said he was ready to participate in a debate regarding the strengthening of Poland’s presence in the EU.

“Poland has been and will remain a member of the EU, but I personally support the strengthening of sovereignty in a situation where the usurpation is more and more visible,” he concluded.

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