By European News Correspondent Stephen Bailey.

At a ‘How to reform the Union for the future of Europe’ event last Friday in Warsaw, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki asserted that establishing a ‘United States of Europe’ would be a ‘dangerous utopia’ in a brutal assault on the bloc’s bid to become an increasingly integrated federal union.

At the event which was organised by the Polish delegation of the centre right European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, the Polish Prime Minister explained that if a barrier is set to further European integration the core values of E.U. member states would be saved. He 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 said the the creation of a single European state:

‘… would impoverish the European heritage’ creating ‘a very dangerous experiment with many utopian features’.

The Polish leader also spoke out against Brussels over what he described as its failed currency project, the Euro, describing it as ‘… a collision of a certain political will of some elites with the harsh economic reality’, also stating:

‘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.’

Mr Morawiecki went on to say:

‘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 E.U. … divided into 27 … significantly different … economic areas.’

The Polish PM’s remarks come at a time when Poland is still strongly at odds with the E.U. over the rule of law in his country.

A legal opinion by the E.U.’s Advocate General last Thursday stated that the European Union’s top court should dismiss a challenge by both Poland and Hungary to a new tool aimed at cutting cash for member states which break the bloc’s rules.

The judgment states that, in its opinion, contrary to arguments presented by the Warsaw and Budapest Governments, the new policing mechanism does not overstep the competencies of the E.U. and its central institutions in Brussels as laid out in the bloc’s treaties.

Polish and Hungarian officials strongly disagreed however and criticised the opinion, with Polish Deputy Justice Minister, Sebastian Kaleta, saying :

‘It was a naivety to trust E.U. institutions would be capable of self-restraint.’

Added to this, Hungarian Justice Minister, Judit Varga said the Advocate General had not considered ‘obvious legal mistakes’ in the cash-for-democracy conditionality mechanism of the E.U.’s argument, stating:

‘We say no to rule of law blackmail.’

Whist the Advocate General’s opinion is non-binding, the European Court of Justice is expected to follow it when making its final ruling, which is expected early next year, as it has done so in the past.

Poland, since joining the E.U. in 2004, has been a leading beneficiary of the bloc’s development funds, which are meant to help poorer member states catch up with the wealthier ones. In theory, as a country got richer, it would become a net contributor to the bloc, rather than a beneficiary of E.U. funds.

The political attitude in Poland towards the E.U. has become increasingly tense in recent years. One member of the Polish Parliament with a junior coalition party known for its strong views on Europe stated last month that Poland could hold a referendum on leaving the E.U. in 2027 when the long-term budget ends, but Poland’s Premier has dismissed any chance of the country leaving the E.U.

Feeling amongst the Polish people, however, remains increasingly sceptical towards Brussels and its increasing federalist agenda.


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