Poland to work with EC president-elect to strengthen EU: FM

Together with the new head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, Poland would work to strengthen the EU, develop and implement a good programme for all of Europe, said Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz in an interview.

Ms von der Leyen is scheduled to meet with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday in capital Warsaw. The new EC head is currently negotiating the composition of the EC under her leadership with heads of state and governments of the member states. Paris was her first stop where she met French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. Warsaw is the second capital she is visiting.

Minister Czaputowicz told Polish news agency PAP that Poland supported the candidacy of Ms von der Leyen both in the EC and in the European Parliament.

“We evaluate Ursula von der Leyen positively. I had the opportunity to take part in various discussions with her… I hope that this visit will confirm that Poland will work together with the new EC head to strengthen the EU, work on the implementation of a good programme for the whole of Europe,” added the Polish minister.

“We are discussing various portfolios for individual countries and we would like a significant portfolio, important for the EU and reflecting the significance of Poland in the EU. We are perceived as a strong, economically developing country with its own vision of the EU,” the FM stated.

The first woman to become president of the EC, Ms von der Leyen was elected by the European Parliament on July 16. She will succeed incumbent Jean-Claude Juncker and take office on November 1, 2019.