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Poland to veto EU migration pact: PM

04.10.2023 23:55
Poland will veto the European Union’s proposed new migration policy at an informal meeting of the bloc’s leaders in Granada, Spain, this week, the Polish prime minister has said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets with voters in the northeastern city of Łomża on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets with voters in the northeastern city of Łomża on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.PAP/Artur Reszko

Mateusz Morawiecki made the announcement at a meeting with voters in the northeastern city of Łomża on Wednesday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The prime minister said he would take part in an informal EU summit in the Spanish city of Granada.

He stated: “I can promise all my compatriots that Poland will issue a firm veto and we’ll be blocking the adoption of any conclusions that feature a commitment to admit illegal migration.”

Morawiecki said that at an EU summit in June 2018 Poland vetoed "the mandatory sharing" of asylum seekers among members states, a position that “won the day,” with the summit’s conclusions ruling out "mandatory relocation of migrants."

Referring to his country's October 15 parliamentary elections, the prime minister declared: “If the Law and Justice (PiS) government remains in power after October 15, we’ll deal with this problem, just as we’ve done so far

Earlier on Wednesday, representatives from European Union member states reached an agreement on the final component of a common EU migration and asylum policy, despite opposition from Poland and Hungary, news outlets reported.

EU ambassadors agreed on the so-called “regulation on crisis situations” at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Poland and Hungary voted against the measure, while Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria abstained, according to officials. 

Wednesday’s deal on the crisis regulation paves the way for establishing common rules to manage an unexpected mass arrival of asylum seekers, a crucial element of the EU’s migration reform, the Euronews website reported.

Also on Wednesday, the European Parliament held a debate on “the need for a speedy adoption of the asylum and migration package,” the PAP news agency reported.

On Thursday, the third meeting of the European Political Community will bring together leaders from across the continent in Granada, Spain, according to officials.

Leaders from some 50 European countries will discuss how to make Europe more resilient, prosperous and geostrategic, reporters were told.

On Friday, Granada will host an informal meeting of EU heads of state or government.

EU leaders are set to discuss key priorities for the years ahead, such as security, defence and cyber resilience; long-term competitiveness and the EU single market; crisis preparedness; the green and digital transitions; multilateralism and global partnerships; migration; and enlargement and absorption capacity, according to officials.

Poles to elect new parliament on October 15

In August, Poland's lawmakers approved a plan to combine parliamentary elections with a nationwide referendum on issues including illegal migration.

Voters will head to the ballot box on October 15 to elect 460 new MPs and 100 senators for a four-year term.

Morawiecki's ruling conservative Law and Justice party and its government coalition allies have maintained a clear lead over the opposition in most recent surveys, polling ahead of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), the far-right Confederation group, and the Third Way coalition of the rural-based Polish People’s Party (PSL) and the centre-right Poland 2050 grouping.

The ruling conservatives in 2019 won a convincing victory over opposition parties at the ballot box, securing a second term in power.


Source: IAR, PAP, AP, DW