“The European Union needs a budget in the spirit of solidarity. We want Europe as a global player”, wrote Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in an article published on Tuesday (18 February) in Die Welt.
However, as European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymański remarked after attending the Monday meeting in Brussels, there are still fundamental differences between member states over EU spending for the next multiannual financial framework between 2021 and 2027.
Poland belongs to the group of countries that wants the most generous budget possible and opposes cuts in the EU’s Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
“Certainly everyone comes to the summit with goodwill to seek agreement, but the positions of the member states remain very far away. I would be surprised if it turns out that it is possible to reach an agreement under these political conditions already during this summit – regardless of whether it will last Thursday, Friday or the whole Saturday,” the minister said.
“We recognise and appreciate that Poland’s position in terms of Cohesion Policy is getting better”, Szymański added.
At the same time, Minister Szymański said that easing the rules on linking the payment of EU funds with the rule of law is an attempt to meet Warsaw’s expectations, but does not dispel all fears. “Poland will not agree to a mechanism that would be discretionary, at a political request, without objective criteria”, he said.
The latest proposal of EU Council President, Charles Michel, means that Poland would lose €18 billion in Cohesion Policy compared to the current EU budget. (Mateusz Kucharczyk | EURACTIV.pl)