Loud ‘yes’ to EU, but no to ‘punishing mechanisms’: PM

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, has written on social media stating, Poland says a “loud yes” to European Union membership, but a “loud no” to punishing mechanisms in reference to linking the EU budget with the issue of rule of law.

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PM Morawiecki’s statements, made on Facebook on Monday, came in the wake of Poland’s and Hungary’s veto of the next EU budget because it included a mechanism linking funding with respect to the rule of law.

The Polish PM wrote on Facebook. “We are for observing European treaties. But it needs to be said clearly that nobody will force us to carry out someone else’s plans,” he stressed.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said on Thursday evening after an EU video summit that talks need to be continued with Hungary and Poland. “There exists a consensus on the EU budget but not on the issue of the rule-of-law mechanism,” she said, promising that Germany will explore all possible options. Berlin is currently holding a presidency in the European Council.

The Polish PM has said that Poland will certainly use its right to object if there is no agreement satisfactory to Warsaw on the issue of tying funds to the rule of law.

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Poles support EU membership

More than 80 percent of Poles would vote “remain” if there was a referendum about Poland’s membership in the EU, according to a survey conducted by IBRIS pollster for “Rzeczpospolita” daily.

On the other hand, Poles are divided over the issue of linking the budget with the rule of law. The poll further revealed that 44.8 percent of those surveyed agreed that donations should be dependent on the assessment of the rule of law, whilst 44.2 percent disagreed and 11 percent of respondents did not have an opinion on the matter.

Poles are also not afraid that the dispute among EU Member States will result in Poland leaving the Union, but 58 percent of those surveyed are concerned that the disagreement might end up with Poland being deprived of EU funds.