Poland serves important role in bridging Europe and US: PM

Poland plays an important role in connecting the United States and the European Union, the country’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during Friday's online conversation at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.

During a discussion named "Poland's COVID-19 response and strategies for a post-crisis Europe," Morawiecki said that the Polish authorities wanted to minimise the epidemic threat while taking care of the economy.

Poland's economic indicators from mid-May, June and July are "surprisingly positive," he added pointing to the data on industrial production and retail sales.

Referring to data from the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mateusz Morawiecki said that the recession caused by the epidemic will be "the shallowest" in Poland among all EU countries and its level of unemployment has been "one of the lowest in Europe."

A transatlantic bridge

According to PM Morawiecki, Poland, while being at the same time a "very pro-European" and "very pro-American" country is "critically important" in bringing the two transatlantic lands together.

In his opinion, Warsaw can help bridge differences by "translating European fears and expectations and observations into American language and vice versa”.

“We are explaining American fears and observations to our partners in the European Council", the PM said.

Mr Morawiecki recalled recent deals with Alphabet and Microsoft to increase investment in cloud technology in Poland and said that hundreds of US entrepreneurs were coming to Poland and treat the country as "an EU gateway."

The prime minister also argued that President Andrzej Duda’s re-election will give Poland "political stability for the next three and a half years at least, which is important from the point of view of foreign direct investments and new investor investment decisions."

As regards military matters, PM Morawiecki stated that decisions on how many, and where, US troops are to deploy "are the sole prerogative of the US," adding that in recent weeks Warsaw has held "very intense negotiations" concerning the defence agreement with Washington and confirmed Poland's readiness to accommodate additional US soldiers.

Referring to the Pentagon's planned operation to reduce the number of US troops in Germany, PM Morawiecki said that the Polish side would like "all such decisions to be made by consensus within NATO”.

In the context of the deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing, the prime minister said Poland would like "to cooperate with any partner in the world" including China, but "we have to base our cooperation on trusted and mutual partnership with our transatlantic allies."