On Thursday, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kamiñski spoke by phone to Ylva Johansson, the EU commissioner for internal affairs. As the ministry informed, Kamiński provided information about the current situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. “He also emphasized that apart from the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, the fate of political prisoners in Belarus is also important, which requires an increase in the participation of the entire European Union in the efforts to free them,” reads the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
The ministry emphasized that Commissioner Ylva Johansson shared Poland’s position that Belarus’s actions must meet with a firm response from the European Union, and that the Lukashenka regime is responsible for the migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Will the EU money go to the construction of the wall?
According to the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, Commissioner Johansson emphasized that there is a possibility for the European Commission to transfer EUR 200 million for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia for security at the border.
It is not known how the three countries bordering Belarus will share the money. It is known, however, that the wall on the Polish-Belarusian border is to cost PLN 1.6 billion. So even if all the support from the European Commission went to Poland, it would still not be enough for the entire wall,
Still, the 200 million euro promised by Ylva Johansson is more than expected. Two weeks ago, Beata Płomecka, correspondent of the Polish Radio in Brussels, reported that in the EU budget for 2022 there will be 25 million euro for border protection. However, the money could not be used to build a wall or other barrier, but for surveillance systems, equipment, thermal imaging cameras and drones.
At the end of October, the spokesman of the European Commission, Stefan De Keersmaecker, announced that Poland would not receive a single euro to build the wall (Poland applied for a grant of EUR 218 million). – We should remember about the historical importance of demolishing the walls and fences dividing the European continent. The EU’s mission is to build a Europe that further develops fundamental rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. That is why the Commission has never financed walls or fences, said Stefan De Keersmaecker.
Only a week later, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, during his visit to Warsaw, recalled that, contrary to earlier declarations, the discussion on financing the walls was not closed at all. Unofficially, it was even said that most EU countries are ready to help Poland build a physical barrier on the border.