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Poland in the European Union. TVN24 debate. Live

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The European Union is a community of values, but does the Polish government share them? What did our presence in the Community give us and would our country manage without its support? Among other things, these questions will be answered by the guests of the “TVN24 Debate: Poland in the European Union” led by Piotr Marciniak. We report it on tvn24.pl.

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The guests of the first part of the debate are: former Minister of Foreign Affairs and MEP of Law and Justice Witold Waszczykowski, senator of the Civic Coalition and former Speaker of the Sejm Marek Borowski and a Civic Platform MEP and former EU commissioner Janusz Lewandowski.

The second part of the program will include: the former Polish ambassador to the Russian Federation and the director of the Strategie 2050 Institute Dr. Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Europeanist, president of the THINKTANK Center and the Center for International Relations Dr. Małgorzata Bonikowska, former president of the Foundation Stefan Batory Alexander Smolar, President’s Advisor prof. Andrzej Zybertowicz and activist of the anti-communist opposition Czesław Bielecki, PhD.

During the debate, they will join the studio prof. Robert Grzeszczak from the Department of European Law at the University of Warsaw, president of the Czech TV branch in Ostrava Miroslav Karas, as well as TVN24 correspondents – Maciej Woroch and Maciej Sokołowski.

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    Waszczykowski: Nobody has ruined the image of Poland as much as the total opposition in the last two years.

  • Lewandowski: I was surprised by Morawiecki’s speech, because I thought that it would offer a compromise.

  • Janusz Lewandowski on the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal: It actually takes Poland out of the EU legal space so that Kaczyński would have a free hand to eat the remains of Polish democracy and the Polish rule of law.

  • Borowski: The prime minister said that Poland is and will be in the EU. For the prime minister, this is and will be, that is, in the ATM part. On the other hand, the prime minister is clearly withdrawing from the Union of values.

  • Senator of the Civic Coalition and former Speaker of the Sejm Marek Borowski commented on Waszczykowski’s words: I do not see any ideology here.

  • Lewandowski: This is a question for Kaczyński – what are the benefits of Polish women from this adventurism in Europe?

  • Lewandowski: No one in the history of the EU has ruined the image and position of their country as quickly and as severely as the PiS government. Only we all will pay for it.

  • Member of the Civic Platform and former EU commissioner Janusz Lewandowski: Poland of Kaczyński and Ziobro would not be admitted to the European Union. If ruled as it is today, it would share the fate of Ukraine and Moldova.

  • What about the money from the reconstruction fund, which is withheld by the European Commission due to issues related to the rule of law in Poland? Waszczykowski: This money will be granted because there is no treaty basis for keeping it.

  • Waszczykowski on the conflict between Poland and the EU: It is an ideological dispute.

  • Waszczykowski: Where the treaties do not cover social and political life, we will be guided by the provisions of our constitution.

  • Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and MEP Witold Waszczykowski: Prime Minister Morawiecki arrived perfectly prepared, with a very matter-of-fact speech, showing very precisely that we respect the treaties.

  • – The European Commission is supposed to keep working, guarding the treaties and the Polish rule of law, but without any sudden movements. This is to return to the ruts of procedures that may take a long time in the EC – said Sokołowski

  • As he said, emotions were “cooled” during the European Council summit on Thursday and Friday.

  • TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski, remotely connected to the studio and sums up the last week in the context of Poland-EU relations.

  • The debate in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Poland and the primacy of EU law was recalled. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal concerning the supremacy of the Constitution over EU law, and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and many MEPs expressed a negative opinion about it.

  • The program is led by Piotr Marciniak.

  • The program “TVN24 Debate: Poland in the European Union” begins. We invite you to follow our relationship.

  • Poland has been a member of the European Union since May 1, 2004. What did our presence in the Community give us? Among other things, this question will appear in the Sunday debate. Live coverage of the program in a moment. We invite!

  • This week, the European Council summit took place in Brussels. EU leaders discussed, inter alia, issues related to migration and the rule of law in Poland.

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