Tusk is preparing to green-light EU migration pact and write Brussels a blank check to reject migrant quotas, claims former deputy justice minister

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk reacts during his and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meeting with students in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
By Thomas Brooke
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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is preparing to vote through the EU’s controversial Migration Pact and pay whatever financial penalties are imposed by Brussels for refusing to adhere to the forced relocation of migrants, a conservative lawmaker has claimed.

Sebastian Kaleta, a Sovereign Poland MP and former deputy justice minister, took to social media on Monday to inform his followers of the new left-wing government’s intention to waive through the migration reforms proposed by Brussels — a move that would see all member states obliged to accept migrant quotas or be fined by the European Commission for every migrant that is turned away.

“Donald Tusk’s government does not intend to block the Migration Pact,” Kaleta wrote on X, revealing he had questioned government officials about its policy regarding the reforms.

“I asked whether the government would be against it and possibly use any legally available form of blocking the pact if it entered into its current form. I was informed that there were no decisions or plans [to do so].”

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Kaleta said he was told the government in Warsaw will not accept the migrant quotas but will not block the new measures, instead opting to send more taxpayer cash to Brussels.

The lawmaker highlighted that such a policy effectively means the Polish government is writing a blank check to the European Commission as the quotas are not currently defined and represent an indefinite amount of migrants Poland would be penalized for not taking.

“At the moment, Donald Tusk’s government plans to pay the amounts set by the European Commission if the Migration Pact comes into force. The problem is that how much Poland should pay would be decided arbitrarily… by the European Commission itself. It may be a billion or even several billion a year. Tusk’s government doesn’t care!” Kaleta added.

Earlier this month, Tusk addressed the issue of the EU Migration Pact head-on, telling journalists that he has always been “strongly against the so-called forced solidarity” and claimed such a mechanism had never been implemented during his time as EU Council president due to his opposition.

He stated categorically that Poland would “never be part of such a mechanism,” adding: “We will not accept a single migrant.”

Should Kaleta’s intel be accurate, it would suggest that whilst Poland may or may not accept the migrant quotas set by the European Commission, it will approve the mechanism despite Tusk’s recent remarks, but will instead incur financial penalties to turn migrants away.

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