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Speaking at the “How to reform the (European – PAP) Union for the future of Europe?” event on Friday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said establishing a so-called United States of Europe would be a “dangerous utopia”.
The event was organised in Warsaw by the Polish delegation of the centre-right European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament.
Arguing that setting a barrier to further integration would mean saving the core values of EU member states, Mr Morawiecki said: “We say that the creation of a single European state, ‘the United States of Europe’, is a kind of utopia, a dangerous utopia that cannot be constructed solely on the basis of legal assumptions and the extended competences of individual institutions.
“Here our voice may be weaker or stronger, but the more we speak to common sense and show that these differences not only cannot and should not be ‘equalised’.”
He added this “would impoverish the European heritage” and would lead towards “a very dangerous experiment with many utopian features.”
The Polish leader also hit out at Brussels over what its failed common currency project.
He said: “The eurozone was created 20 years ago and the question is still hanging in the air whether (…) this is an optimal currency area.
“I used to deal with this in the past and I can say, based on the available literature, about the evolution of economic integration processes, that there are increasingly more indications that the eurozone is not an optimal currency.”
He added the eurozone is “a collision of a certain political will of some elites with the harsh economic reality”.
He continued: “This collision, which is growing today, can be at the same time… an increasing obstacle to the actual further integration of the eurozone, and also of the EU… divided into 27… significantly different… economic areas.”
The comments come as Poland is still locking horns with the EU over the rule of law in the country.
On Thursday, a legal opinion by the EU’s advocate general stated that he European Union’s top court should dismiss a challenge by Poland and Hungary to a new tool aimed at cutting cash for member states which break the bloc’s democratic rules.
While the advocate general’s opinion is not binding, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) usually follows it when making a final ruling, which is expected early in 2022.
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Contrary to arguments presented by Warsaw and Budapest, the opinion said the new policing mechanism does not overstep the competencies of the EU and its central institutions in Brussels as laid out in the bloc’s treaties.
Polish and Hungarian officials criticised the opinion, with a deputy justice minister, Sebastian Kaleta, saying in Warsaw: “It was a naivety to trust EU institutions would be capable of self-restraint.”
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said the advocate general disregarded “obvious legal mistakes” in the cash-for-democracy conditionality mechanism. “We say no to rule of law blackmail!,” she added.
Since joining the EU in 2004, Poland has been a leading beneficiary of development funds, which are meant to help poorer members catch up with the better-off.
As the country gets richer, it would become a net contributor rather than a beneficiary of EU funds.
An MP with a junior coalition party known for its hard line rhetoric said last month that Poland could hold a referendum on leaving the EU in 2027 when the long-term budget ends, but Poland’s premier dismissed any talk of a “Polexit”.
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