President: Nord Stream 2 proves EU lacks solidarity

President of Poland Andrzej Duda (L) and President of Hungary Janos Ader (R) at the Visegrád Group summit on October 12. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Speaking at the Visegrád Group summit, Andrzej Duda said that EU members ought to show more solidarity and mutual understanding. “It is something that the EU very much lacks and the example of Nord Stream 2 proves it”, he said.

The speech came at the conclusion of the Visegrád Group (V4) summit in Slovakia.

President Andrzej Duda expressed his desire that EU members show more solidarity and mutual understanding.

“The V4 countries would very much like the EU to be a real community in which… there is solidarity, there is mutual understanding, there is an attempt to balance common interests but there is also an understanding of fears and needs.”

According to the President, the dispute over the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline illustrates the problem within the community. The project not only bypasses Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Belarus, but according to the President, “it will result in the whole EU market being dominated by one supplier.”

“The project is not of a business nature but a political one. The project is actually harmful to the EU and the V4 is aware of that.”

However, the voices of opposition attract little support in the West and “the investment is going ahead even though it is against the interests of some EU members.”

“Should such a situation really happen within a community?”, Mr Duda asked rhetorically.