Poland represented at EU meeting by Czech PM

A two-day EU summit is starting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss climate, Brexit and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ondrej Deml/PAP/CTK

Due to the quarantine of the Polish PM, Poland's position at the European Council meeting, that started on Thursday afternoon, will be presented by Czech PM Andrej Babis, Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller has told PAP.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki tested negative for coronavirus on Tuesday night, after a day spent in self-isolation due to contact with a person infected with Covid-19. Morawiecki will remain in quarantine until doctors and sanitary services take relevant decisions.

A two-day EU summit started in Brussels on Thursday to discuss climate, Brexit and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mueller told PAP that a similar situation had taken place some time ago, when the Polish PM represented the Czech Republic during another EU summit.

The government spokesman said that the Czech Republic had received Poland's position regarding respective subjects on the summit's agenda. "PM Morawiecki will be in constant contact with his Czech counterpart," he added.

Mueller also said that the Polish PM will be kept informed by Poland's Permanent Representation in Brussels about the course of the meeting, and will convey his instructions if such need arises.

The official also said that the Visegrad Group (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) PMs will hold a video conference before the EU summit to discuss all issues which will be debated by the European Council.

Morawiecki himself wrote on Facebook that although he could not attend the summit, he was fully abreast of "what is going on in Brussels." Commenting on Babis's representation of Poland at the talks, he said that "Polish interests were being represented well."

"Quarantine or not, the EU summit in Brussels demands (my - PAP) full disposition, also in this remote mode. Although from a distance, we in Warsaw are keeping close tabs on what is going on in Brussels. Polish interests are being represented well," Morawiecki wrote.