“There can be no solidarity without unity, and there can be no peace without solidarity, and passivity is not a dictate, solidarity is not forcing anyone to do anything” – said Tomasz Pysiak from the Institute Schuman’s Thought during the press conference preceding the meeting of the Senate Schuman Group.
“For several years, we have witnessed that the values on which Robert Schuman began to build the European Community are being replaced by other values” – Ryszard Krzyżkowski said, pointing out that “we should remember the vision of Europe that Robert Schuman had, the vision of Europe based on values on which European civilization was founded”. “Today, unfortunately, these values are not only forgotten, but also distorted, other values are introduced that are anti-values” – he alarmed, pointing to the urgent need to return to Robert Schuman’s vision.
“Robert Schuman warned us against being passive in relation to the actions taken to ensure security on the European continent. At the same time, he warned us against living in a false sense of security” – Prof. Robert Socha noted, pointing out that for years after regaining independence, Poland lived in a false sense of security, and only the annexation of Crimea in 2014 showed that the security of the European Union countries is illusory.
“The situation in Ukraine has clearly shown that if today we are not prepared to defend ourselves with our own forces, unfortunately we can count on the help of our allies, but after some time” – he emphasized.
“The social character of subsidiarity in the EU has recently been shaken. This solidarity between nations is being replaced by a certain dictate that neither Robert Schuman nor de Gasperi foresaw” – noted Tomasz Pysiak, emphasizing that he hopes to work out methods to return to Robert Schuman’s vision. “The founding father is more and more forgotten in the EU in favor of a federal vision of Europe. In our opinion, this is wrong, his triad of values – unity, solidarity, peace – has been shaken in a way” – he lamented the state of the modern European Union. “Without unity there can be no solidarity, and without solidarity there can be no peace, and passivity is not a dictate, solidarity is not forcing anyone to do anything” – he concluded.
“Robert Schuman said that Europe would overcome all adversities thanks to the strength of community solidarity” – Dr. Marek Oktaba echoed him, pointing out that currently the EU is trying to force various things on member states using the conditionality mechanism, or even trying to change governments, if not are convenient for those in power in Brussels. “There is no room for solidarity. Instead of solidarity, there is a dictate and initiatives such as Olaf Scholz’s to eliminate the mechanism of unanimity in voting are seemingly presented as an idea to strengthen the European Union, but this is not strengthening, it is weakening” – he noted.