PM Morawiecki to attend EU summit starting on Thursday
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will take part in an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday during which talks will be continued on who will fill the most important posts in EU institutions.
The discussions on filling the most important positions in EU institutions were formally initiated during the summit which was held at the end of May. So far, however, the member countries have been unable to reach a consensus on this issue.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk noted in his letter addressed to EU leaders, on the eve of the summit, that despite various EU interests, there exists a political will to fill the most important positions by the end of June.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Konrad Szymanski, said in an interview with PAP that, in his opinion, the chances of making final decisions on this matter during this summit are "low". "A strongly divided Parliament and an equally strongly divided Council are capable of blocking individual candidates, and we don't have a majority that is capable of appointing people to these positions," said Szymanski.
Aside from the EU staffing issue, the leaders of the member states will also discuss other matters. In his letter on Wednesday, Tusk mentioned the topic of the adoption of a strategic programme that will set the direction of the EU's development in the coming years.
According to one EU source, a telephone consultation is planned between Morawiecki and Tusk for Wednesday evening.
The summit will begin on Thursday afternoon with the traditional exchange of views with President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani. Afterwards, conclusions on a multi-annual financial framework, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, as well as external relations, are to be adopted. A strategic EU development programme is also to be approved.