President Andrzej Duda meets European Council President
President Andrzej Duda and European Council President Donald Tusk Monday in Brussels appealed for a "cooling" of the ongoing EU debate around Poland.
Following today's face-to-face talks in Brussels, Duda and Tusk told a press conference that they shared similar views on the EU's strategic tasks, energy security and the renegotiation of Britain's EU membership.
Andrzej Duda also appealed for toning down the Poland debate and observed that many things recently said about Poland were untrue.
President Duda assured that "nothing extraordinary" was happening in the country and said he counted on a "real, controlled and calm dialogue" based on "true facts" and not "media-created facts which had nothing in common with reality".
Commenting the EC's decision to launch Rule of Law proceedings against Poland, Andrzej Duda said he accepted the move as an act of good will on the EC's part and believed it could help calm "unnecessary emotions".
In their talks on the migration crisis Andrzej Duda assured Donald Tusk that Poland would keep its refugee admission obligations, but stressed that the source of the crisis lay outside Europe and chiefly in Syria. This, Duda said, made it necessary to provide humanitarian aid to refugees outside Europe and seek ways to resolve conflicts.
Andrzej Duda also stressed the need for a resolution of the Ukraine conflict and expressed hope for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements on ending hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
Referring to his and Duda's talks on Britain's EU membership, Tusk said he shared the Polish president's views on necessary moves in this respect. Tusk stressed that Britain's presence in the Community lay in Poland's interest and that the matter needed "a sensible compromise that will not violate fundamental European rights".
President Duda and Donald Tusk also shared a critical view of plans to expand the Nord Stream gas pipeline by a Nord Stream 2 line. According to Duda the project was driven more by politics than economics and undermined European solidarity. (PAP, own information)