It was a very constructive and positive meeting during which we discussed the EU budget in detail. I think that today we have advanced in several respects declared the head of the Polish government during a meeting with the media.
Mateusz Morawiecki reminded that Great Britain had left the European Union, which entails a reduction of funds for the future budget perspective, but - as the Prime Minister emphasised -
new goals cannot be achieved at the expense of treaty policies - the cohesion fund, which provides funds for the construction of road or bridges. He added,
We care about this because we know to what extent economic growth is supported by infrastructure.
The topics discussed with the President of the European Commission included the widely analysed issue of the Common Agricultural Policy.
We proposed solutions for which we were very well prepared - noted the head of the government.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also met the President of the European Council Charles Michel with whom he also discussed topics related to the new multi-annual budget of the European Union.
During the meeting with the President of the European Council we devoted a lot of time to the EU budget's own resources. Until now, the European Parliament has been paying particular attention to this aspect of budget and Poland is very supportive of these activities said the Prime Minister. He added that
the President was very curious about specific solutions and also presented some solutions to which we responded positively. One of the levies that was presented as a source of own income is the so-called plastic levy. We also talked about the fee concerning the functioning of large companies. This fee is very democratic, it supports the middle class and small and medium-sized enterprises.
"These discussions with the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council were very fruitful. I am convinced that this is a step in the right direction, but these negotiations will be difficult. The key to good negotiations is to reach a consensus around the European budget," Prime Minister Morawiecki summed up.
The visit to Brussels is part of consultations with EU leaders on the EU's multi-annual budget for 2021-2027. They take place during the preparations for the extraordinary meeting of the European Council, during which the EU heads of state and government attempt to agree on the most important elements of the prospective Community budget. The next extraordinary European Council summit on the EU budget will take place on 20 February. On the basis of the ongoing consultations, the President of the European Council Charles Michele is trying to unify the positions of the countries that are divided in this matter and will present a new compromise proposal concerning the EU budget.
Poland is of the opinion that the size of the new EU multi-annual budget should correspond to the Community's political ambitions, also in the context of many new challenges, such as migration pressure or climate goals. Adequate funding must be ensured for the two treaty policies: cohesion and agricultural policy, which are proven financial instruments with high European value added. Poland expects full convergence of direct payments to farmers. New challenges require new budgetary resources, however, new own resources should be balanced and fair so that they do not disproportionately burden the less wealthy Member States.
On 1 February, the Friends of Cohesion Summit took place in Portugal. It was attended by the representatives of 17 EU Member States and aimed at maintaining a common position regarding the maintenance of cohesion policy. This group brings together countries supporting the maintaining of expenses on traditional policies, including cohesion policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. The EU budget was also the subject discussed during the Monday talks in Warsaw of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and French President Emmanuel Macron.