Polexit rumours are fake news, PM tells German weekly

Rumours about Poland exiting the EU are fake news, the Polish prime minister told Germany's WirtschaftsWoche weekly in a Tuesday-published interview.

Morawiecki said Poland has no plans to leave the EU, and wants to tighten economic ties with other EU countries.

"Poland wants closer economic ties with the EU states, Polexit is fake news. (We are - PAP) striving for a higher level in the global value chain and want to raise the share of technologically advanced products in our export offer," Morawiecki said, adding that this called for broadscale investment and sustained financing.

In this context, he mentioned Poland's Polish New Deal programme launched to revive the national economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The pandemic is a turning-point in European and global history. Our reply is the Polish New Deal," Morawiecki said. He said the programme introduced a national investment scheme, tax, health insurance, welfare and housing reforms. He added that it also foresaw a health spending increase to 7 percent of GDP within the next six years and the introduction of tax-free retirement.

Morawiecki said the Polish New Deal will also help Poland meet EU energy transition and climate goals. "The Polish New Deal will pave our way to a sustainable economy, so that we can leave a more environment-friendly country to our children," Morawiecki said.