Polish PM, Italian deputy PM say no to double standards in EU

2019-01-09, 18:37 update: 2019-01-12, 10:56
Fot. PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Fot. PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Italy's Deputy PM Matteo Salvini have agreed that there can be no room for double standards and different treatment of EU member states by EU institutions, Polish government's spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska has told PAP.

The two politicians met in Warsaw on Wednesday. Their talks "concerned Polish-Italian matters, also in the EU context," Kopcinska said. They also discussed Polish-Italian economic relations and cooperation between entrepreneurs from both countries. 

Talking to PAP, Salvini, who is also Italy's interior minister assessed his talks with the Polish prime minister as "excellent."

"We discussed a number of important, common issues", the Italian politician said, enumerating security, the future of Europe, family affairs, business and migration among the topics. 

At an earlier press conference the Italian official argued that Poland and Italy would be the heroes of the "new European spring" and "new balance" after years of the continent's dominance by the Franco-German axis. According to him, it will mean the revival of "real European values, with less finances, less bureaucracy, more work and more family, and above all more security."

Salvini stressed that Poland and Italy are two large, developing countries that share common history and common interests. He also expressed hope for an establishment of an Italian-Polish axis. 

Salvini, who also heads Italy's right-wing party Lega Nord (Northern League), visited Warsaw on Wednesday at the invitation of Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski.

He also met with the leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczynski.