I hope Poland and EU will meet halfway even on difficult issues: PM

"I believe that we will be able to apply a new approach and to work up a consensus even in the most difficult matters," said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after the meeting with the President-elect of the European Council (EUCO) Charles Michel in Warsaw on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Morawiecki hosted Mr Michel in the PM’s Chancellery premises. Both politicians discussed, among other issues, the common climate policy, a unified EU market, as well as innovative solutions and security matters, including relations with China and Russia.

“We both care for the EU to be a global power not only in the field of the economy, but also in the political dimension,” PM Morawiecki said.

Another topic of their talks was the EU budget for the years 2021-2027.

“We are aware of the fact that the decision on the budget will not be easy to take, since at the moment, our views significantly vary. We have to cooperate to bring them together, to deal with hardness, and to restrain our ambitions,” Charles Michel said.

The issues discussed on Tuesday will be on the agenda of the upcoming summit of EU member countries’ heads, scheduled for December 12-13. Charles Michel, elected European Council head on July 2, will chair the meeting for the first time.

The Warsaw talks are part of a series of meetings in several EU member states to be attended by Mr Michel at the beginning of his presidency in the Council.

“It’s a great pleasure to begin my tenure as the European Council President by visiting Poland,” Mr Michel said.

The EUCO President stated that the EU was able to take more reasonable and creative decisions thanks to Poland, and that the country was a very important country for the future of the entire EU. He hoped for further strengthening of mutual bonds.

After the meeting, Mr Michel and PM Morawiecki lit candles by the Monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes and laid flowers by the Warsaw Rising Memorial.