Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Polish-Hungarian cooperation in the next European ParliamentMay 10, 2019
Today, the Deputy Prime Minister met the Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi in Hungary and participated in a conference on the future of Europe.
During Thursday’s meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Szydło talked to Trocsanyi and others about: the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, the possibilities of cooperation, and the need for change in the EU.
While giving an interview to the Polish Press Agency, she stated that Poland and Hungary share a common perspective on the challenges facing the European Union saying, "cooperation between the parliamentarians of Poland and Hungary will be a strong point in the future European Parliament." She added that she and Trocsanyi are paying attention to the same priorities related to the EU's future. These include: strengthening the position of nation states, bringing the European institutions closer to everyday matters, not exceeding the limits of treaties, trying to avoid the strong politicization of the European Commission, and implementing a real policy of equality and solidarity.
During Friday's conference "Europe of Central Europe", Beata Szydło pointed out that Poland’s goal is a strong, democratic and efficient EU, which enjoys the support of its countries and nations, and an ambitious budget.
According to Deputy Prime Minister: "A democratic EU is an EU that uses the resources created by the citizens of each member state to implement democratically set goals. An efficient EU is an EU that can implement decisions which uses its means." At the same time, she said that basing more and more decisions on majority voting, in which the position of some countries can be ignored, is not a positive trend.
"The European Union will be able to deal effectively with the challenges it faces if the necessary reforms are implemented; however, the democratic deficit is a serious danger to the future of the EU," she said. She also added that she recognizes as being crucial the role of national parliaments that represent societies and are a real reflection of the will of citizens.