EC president to visit Warsaw on Thursday

Ursula von der Leyen to visit Warsaw. /PAP/EPA

The new President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen will pay a visit to Warsaw on Thursday and meet with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller said on Tuesday.

The talks in Warsaw are expected to focus on the staffing of EC positions, as well as the implementation of the commission's strategic agenda, the government spokesman told a press briefing.

"The plan is quite clear in terms of personnel issues," Muller said, as it is important for Poland to get a good portfolio at the EC "so that our Commissioner plays a really important role in the EU". Among the areas favoured by the Polish government for the Polish commissioner would be economy, free market, energy, budget or agriculture, he added.

He added that it is also essential how the new EC will be divided among countries in terms of the staffing and Poland would strive for "the geographic balance" in this respect.

"It is important for us that the countries which effectively implement our interests will get the most important portfolios," Muller said.

Morawiecki and von der Leyen will also discuss implementation of new strategic goals for the EC for the years 2019-2024, adopted by the European Council on June 20.

"These include issues related to the expansion of the Single Market and thus the departure from protectionism in some areas, including transport, as well as matters linked to fair energy transition, climate policy goals and change in the way energy is produced," the government spokesperson said.