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Anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union. Speeches by Andrzej Duda and Mateusz Morawiecki

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President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made statements in connection with the anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union. – We want us to be able to settle as many issues as possible in the Union in the interest of the Republic of Poland. The EU is a collection of states, a certain agreement, it is friendship and cooperation, but it is also competition, Duda said. – On the one hand, it is a joyful day, but on the other hand, it is a day of reflection, because everyone who looks around the world sees that we are at a geopolitical crossroads – Morawiecki added.

Poland is a member of the European Union from May 1, 2004 under the Accession Treaty signed on April 16, 2003 in Athens, constituting the legal basis for Poland’s accession to the European Union. The then Prime Minister signed the Accession Treaty on behalf of Poland Leszek Miller and the then chief of Polish diplomacy, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz.

Our country joined the European Union together with Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

Signing of the Accession Treaty by then Prime Minister Leszek Miller and then Minister of Foreign Affairs Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz in Athens. Photo from April 16, 2003Radek Pietruszka/PAP

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Poland in the European Union. The history of our membership, the most important events

On the 19th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union, statements were made by the president in front of the Presidential Palace Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Duda: the constitution should be supplemented in many aspects

The president assessed that today’s celebrations are a day of “joy, as well as reflection on the future.” – The generation of Polish youth, which was born in 2004, when Poland joined the European Union on May 1, is now a generation of adults – he noted.

At the same time, he admitted that “a tear rolls in the eye when you think about it, that so much time has passed when we are part of this great undertaking, which is the European Union, and we are really full participants in this great European freedom that we so we feel very well, and to which we have often become accustomed.

– We have been part of the European Union for 19 years. Then, as a result of the accession referendum, 77 percent of our compatriots participating in the referendum voted for us to be a member of the European Union. Of course, we have our thoughts on this, also our backlog, because there is an ongoing discussion about the constitution we have from 1997, which was adopted and developed before we were in the European Union, he noted. – So many elements related to EU membership are not taken into account at all and in many aspects should probably be supplemented, but this is a legislative issue – he added.

Mateusz Morawiecki and Andrzej Duda in front of the Presidential Palace PAP/Pawel Supernak

Priorities for the Polish Presidency

Duda reminded that in the first half of 2025 Poland will take over – together with Denmark – the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

– It will be a very important moment. Someone will say that it will only be half a year. Only half a year, but even half a year in today’s extremely dynamically developing world, in the face of such a changing international situation, in view of all the anxieties, security problems that surround us, in view of the ongoing war in Ukraineenergy crisis related to it, in the face of energy transformations that must be implemented, for example in connection with climate protection – he mentioned.

The president announced that he had set four priorities for this time. – One of the absolutely most important priorities of our presidency for the European Union, for Europe, will be the slogan of closer cooperation with the United States, closer Euro-Atlantic ties – he said.

Another priority, as he said, “will be the membership of Ukraine and Moldova in the Union.” – We are supporters of the open door policy, which is why I am also looking at the countries of the Western Balkans. These are countries that have been waiting for several years to become part of the European community, he reminded.

Among the priorities mentioned is also the reconstruction of Ukraine. – We would like us in the European Union to carry out this reconstruction of Ukraine. For this we need funds, for this we need not only our cooperation with all our partners in the European Union, but also a good attitude and good functioning of European institutions in this direction – said the president.

PAP/Adam Ziemienowicz

The Union as a game of “partnership, but also tough”

The president argued that the government wanted to be “as good as possible” in the EU. – But we also want us to be able to settle as many issues as possible in this Union in the interest of the Republic of Poland. The Union is a collection of states, it is a certain agreement, it is friendship and cooperation, but it is also competition, he said. As he said, the competition “very often is fierce in economic matters, in political matters and in various other matters.”

– This is a game in a sense partnership, friendly, but it is also hard, sharp. This is a game sometimes like playing friends on a football field – he assessed.

Andrzej Duda in front of the Presidential Palace PAP/Pawel Supernak

Morawiecki: a joyful day, a day of reflection

Morawiecki, in turn, mentioned that “by joining the European Union, we have also returned to our cradle of civilization”. – In this sense, one can say that a certain justice has been fulfilled, a certain historical justice has been fulfilled, and what Poland has long been entitled to has been realized then – he said.

According to Morawiecki, in the context of the European Union and the challenges that are associated with the European Union, cooperation and cooperation “is absolutely fundamental”.

– Today is a day of joy on the one hand, but on the other hand it is a day of reflection, because anyone who looks around the world sees that we are at a geopolitical crossroads – he continued. According to the prime minister, it is a “very dangerous” crossroads.

– We have come to rule and perform various difficult duties related to our roles, during a very deep political crisis in the world, geopolitical. It is enough to mention here, above all, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which should not be the first or important domino that will develop increasingly worse scenarios around the world, he said.

As the Prime Minister added, for this not to happen, “what is needed above all is a strong transatlantic community.”

Mateusz Morawiecki and Andrzej Duda in front of the Presidential Palace PAP/Pawel Supernak

Main photo source: PAP/Pawel Supernak



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