Duda: I want to forge partnership between CEE countries

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One day before being sworn-in as the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that the first laws he wants to work on include retirement age reform and an increase in the income tax threshold. The elected president said that if he fails to submit draft laws on these matters within the first year of his presidency, he would step down.

Referring to the objectives of foreign policy, Duda said that he sees Poland as an active player on the international scene.

“Poland is not a world power but is one of the largest European countries, a nation of 38 million people and a sizable community of Poles abroad, with whom the Polish state should start working closely together.”

“I am not in favor of a revolution in foreign policy, but there will be corrections, some of them deep-going,” he added.

Duda said he supports closer partnerships between the CEE countries. “I am thinking about a partnership stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea.”

The elected president stressed that he wants to see concrete decisions being taken during the next year’s NATO summit in Warsaw regarding the alliance’s presence in Poland. He also confirmed he will attend the UN General Assembly session in New York in September.

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