As a keynote speaker of Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) summit in Brussels, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki insisted on the importance of services and reforms in the EU that take into consideration the individual Member States’ specific needs and a more flexible system of regulations that will help strengthen the European Union’s institutions.
Morawiecki, one of the least Euroscpetic members of the European Conservatives and Reformists group – told the participants at the “A Future for Europe” that the current sentiment across the whole of the European Union, which has seen a rise in its apathy to the bloc’s bureaucracy and the rise of populism, could be traced to many citizens’ sense of frustration and a feeling that they lack a voice in the EU’s key institutions.
“The main step the EU has to take in addressing the population’s feeling of injustice and inequity – which explains Brexit – is that we need appropriate solutions… we especially need to address the nervousness and anxiety of people who do not feel fit for the digital revolution.”
The prime minister insisted that certain policies must cater to the social or economic situation in the individual Member States, that the one size fits all agenda is ill-suited to 28 nations with a vastly different set of challenges.
Morawiecki insisted that by focusing on addressing specific national challenges at the local level will lead to a more transparent and better-run Brussels.
European security was also touched upon by Morawiecki, who lent his support to both to the existing security framework under the umbrella of NATO, and also endorsed moving ahead with the creation of the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, the so-called “Military Schengen” designated to aid with the free movement of military units and assets throughout Europe, via the removal of bureaucratic barriers and the improvement of infrastructure.