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Polish PM to attend two-day EU summit

30.05.2022 12:00
Poland’s prime minister is due to take part in a European Union summit that begins in Brussels, Belgium on Monday to discuss issues including support for Ukraine.
Mateusz Morawiecki
Mateusz MorawieckiPhoto: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński

Mateusz Morawiecki is expected to call for more assistance to Ukraine and tough sanctions on Russia, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

EU leaders are also set to discuss defence policy, energy issues and food security, officials said.  

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the gathering via video link.

Sanctions against Russia

Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller told reporters ahead of the summit that Poland was pushing for the EU to adopt a proposed sixth round of sanctions against Russia for its attack on Ukraine. 

To date, EU leaders have struggled to reach agreement on the package, which would include phasing out Russian oil supplied by sea by the end of 2022, the Reuters news agency reported.

Oil delivered by pipeline to landlocked Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic would be exempt from the embargo, officials said. 

EU support for Ukraine

During the Brussels summit, EU leaders are expected to agree on further humanitarian, financial, political and military support for Poland’s war-torn eastern neighbour, reporters were told. 

Müller said Poland welcomed the EU’s plans to rebuild Ukraine and urged for such steps to be taken “as soon as possible.”

Müller told reporters that "countries on the frontline of helping Ukraine," such as Poland, “must have access to financial support from the EU.”

At the Brussels summit, the EU is expected to approve a EUR 9 billion package of loans to fund the operation of the Ukrainian government for the next two months, officials said. 


EU leaders will also discuss ways to reduce the bloc's reliance on Russian energy, including through the implementation of the RePowerEU plan. 

Müller told reporters that Poland was strongly in favour of "shaking off Russian hydrocarbons." He added, however, that plans to boost the role of green energy required “new tools that will allow the EU to achieve these goals in practice.”  

Defence policy

Müller also said that Poland was urging the bloc to enhance its defensive capabilities. For instance, the government in Warsaw is calling on fellow EU members to raise defence spending to at least 2 percent of GDP, he told reporters.

Food security

Müller said Poland supported plans to help Ukraine export its food by rail and road to ensure food security.

The initiative comes after Russia blockaded Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, the PAP news agency reported.

“In particular, we support the plan to help bring Ukraine’s food exports to the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas,” Müller told reporters.    

Monday is day 96 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Source: PAP, Reuters, consilium.europa.eu