Earlier the President heard a report by minister Jacek Czaputowicz on the tasks of Poland's foreign policy in 2018.
Minister Czaputowicz said that "close co-operation between the President and government, and mutual support in the service of the Republic of Poland strengthen Poland's position and are a necessary condition to make Poland's foreign policy effective."
We should make sure that the European project lasts (...) in the shape given to it by the EU forefathers," Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday, adding that the EU must not be divided into several speeds of development.
Speaking at a press briefing in the Sejm that followed Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz's annual foreign policy presentation in parliament, President Duda said that Poland's place in Europe and the future of the European Union were among the key issues mentioned by the foreign minister.
The EU should be "a union of free nations and equal states, a union in which the voice of every country counts equally, a union that is not divided into so-called (...) several speeds," the Polish president said.
President Duda added that there must not be any dictate from stronger EU members over the weaker and less affluent ones.
EU institutions should operate within the boundaries set by EU treaties and "not abuse their positions by exceeding their powers," Andrzej Duda said.
The President also supported the idea of an EU in which a strong role was played by national parliaments.
Andrzej Duda added he was very glad that the minister had "strongly emphasised the role of NATO, the role of the US in the North Atlantic Alliance, and the role of the US as our ally."
The head of state also expressed his satisfaction with the foreign minister's declaration of Poland's will to build military cooperation in Europe and the EU.
"The fact that we have joined PESCO, that we want to develop purely military co-operation, on the one hand, but also with the defense industry, is very important. But we must remember here that this, along with our NATO membership, should produce a synergistic effect. We must prevent a situation in which two separate policies, going in different directions, are being created," he stressed.
The President also said that regional co-operation was among the priorities mentioned by the foreign minister.
"And so with the Visegrad Group, and so with future co-operation, we hope, with the Baltic States and Nordic countries as part of the Three Seas project," he said, expressing his desire that it would be accelerated, owing to the establishing of a Three Seas fund.
"I hope that we will be able to implement many investments, like (...) Via Carpathia, Via Baltica, Rail Baltica, energy connection with Poland, Lithuania and other Baltic States, gas interconnectors. (...) This is what we need, what we lack in our part of Europe, and what is necessary to develop our economies, international economic contacts, tourism, and good neighbourly contacts," he went on to say.
The President also emphasised the role of regional policy in security, and reminded that a meeting of the so-called Bucharest Nine "will be held in Warsaw before a NATO summit in Brussels later this year."
"We hope that Central European countries, which are NATO members, will take decisions that will be coherent with decisions taken by the alliance summit; we want the Brussels summit to be effective and, decision-making to move us one step further than the Warsaw meeting of the alliance, and to make it possible for us to increase the alliance's presence in Central Europe," President Duda concluded. (PAP)