News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
4 March 2017
In doing so, the head of Polish diplomacy justified the candidature of the former Civic Platform (PO) MEP for president of the European Council.
The Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that the Polish government is proposing the candidacy of Saryusz-Wolski for the position of European Council president. Saryusz-Wolski has been a PO MEP since 2004 (on Saturday the PO leadership decided to exclude him from the group) and he has previously served as the Vice Chairman of this party.
The office of the MFA’s press spokesperson said in a statement that the candidature of the PO MEP for president of the European Council was presented on Saturday to the MFA of Malta, which since January holds the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Explaining this decision, the head of Polish diplomacy told PAP that Poland has decided to back the candidate because of Saryusz-Wolski’s “high level of professionalism”.
"Mr Jacek Saryusz-Wolski is a very experienced politician in European politics who for many years has worked in high positions within the European Parliament,” minister Waszczykowski stressed.
The functions held by Saryusz-Wolski in the past include that of Vice-President of the European Parliament and he has also served as the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.
The minister added that Saryusz-Wolski has achievements to his name in the area of European integration, also in Poland itself, because he was one of the pioneers of our integration process with the EU.
In the past, Saryusz-Wolski was, among others, the Government Plenipotentiary for European integration and Foreign Aid as well as the Secretary of the European Integration Committee.
Minister Waszczykowski stressed that the candidate "also provides the pledge and the guarantee of impartiality" in contrast to Donald Tusk, who "was one of the leaders of the total opposition in Poland."
The Foreign Minister stressed that this was demonstrated, for example, during the European Council President Donald Tusk’s visit to Wroclaw in December, when he was ready to join the coup against the legitimately chosen leadership in Poland.
The guarantee of impartiality by Jacek Saryusz-Wolski was the decisive element, the Foreign Minister said.
Source: PAPSee more
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