The European Union is worth joining. Andrzej Duda praises the EU at the Forum in Krynica.

President Andrzej Duda delivered a prounctive speech in Krynica. – It is worth joining the European Union, the European Union for the vast majority of Poles is a great value – he said at the opening of the Economic Forum.

“Of course the EU is hit by crises,” the president said. Among them was a brexit, a wave of refugees, and still felt the effects of the financial recession. However, he pointed out that crises are occurring and will happen always. – In my opinion crises are an inevitable phenomenon. They appear suddenly and are surprising. The European Union was surprised by the decision of the British, was surprised by the crisis of refugees, the president said.

He repeated several times for being worthy of the European Union and the Union itself is a great value to the great majority of Poles. He also underlined the European aspirations of Georgia and Macedonia. Presidents of these countries were guests at the Economic Forum in Krynica and together with Andrzej Duda participated in the inaugural panel. Duda assured them that Poland would aspire to their aspirations.

We Poles, are supporters of the Union open door policy. Open for countries that could become members of the EU in the future – said Andrzej Duda. He pointed out that the larger Union would be a more important player in the international arena and have a chance of becoming a counterweight to the United States or China.

There are different interests in the Union, different disputes, but we participate in it. We are sometimes criticized, but we also criticize. I have a very calm attitude to it, he said.

At the same time, Andrzej Duda argued that the European Union should be “a union of nation states, it should be a union of free nations and free states.”

If we talk about threats to the EU, it is not brexit, “he pointed out. – If the Union starts to split at different speeds, it will lose its attractiveness. Breakdown will not pay off politically and economically and that in my opinion will be the beginning of the break-up of the EU – he said.

He added that there is a need for a revision of EU internal policies, restrictions and bureaucracy. Citizens do not understand some of the restrictions and this discourages them.