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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • PRESS OFFICE

  • 22 September 2017

    “Our aim is to end Russian gas imports by 2022,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said in a Bloomberg TV interview on the last day of his US visit.

     

    Speaking about the government’s plans to diversify energy supplies, Poland’s top diplomat commented on the recent completion of an LNG terminal, which will allow Poland to import this raw material from other countries, including the United States, and thus end Polish dependency on Russian supplies. “We are now discussing commercial terms of potential contracts with the United States,” said the minister.


    In the live interview on Bloomberg TV, Witold Waszczykowski also referred to Brexit. “Great Britain may be leaving the Union, but it’s not leaving Europe,” observed the minister. “We are hopeful that the UK will continue to be a major European player, even outside the single market. We still believe that it will continue to be an important ally of the entire European Union on security issues, the fight against terror or corruption,” he said.


    Asked about the reform of Poland’s judicial system and the reservations voiced by the European Commission, the minister emphasized that changes to the law on courts are necessary and backed by Polish public. “We are trying to complete our transformation which began over 28 years ago, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The judiciary is the last area that has not been modernized yet,” he explained.


    “Our ideas are not aimed against the rule of law or the system. We are simply importing solutions that are already in place in other EU member states,” he added. “The problem is that we are now being drawn into a dialogue with the Commission, which tends to apply certain double standards. What is acceptable in other countries cannot, according to the Commission, be accepted in a young democracy,” noted the minister.


    The minister also explained that the European Commission has no tools to cut EU subsidies. “EU funds are not awarded for good behaviour, but they are based on the European treaties. This is compensation for the opening of the Polish market to stronger Western markets. It has nothing to do with the status of democracy or the legal system in Poland,” stressed the chief of Polish diplomacy.


    Source: Bloomberg

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