Topics discussed by EU leaders will include the types of aid and the size and duration of each element of the European Recovery Fund, as well as the scope of the EU’s multiannual financial framework, including the rules for its financing.
Fair financing distribution mechanisms for the Recovery Fund
Poland backs the project of providing substantial financial aid to EU countries affected by the crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Its basic element should be to strengthen the treaty mechanisms in place as part of the EU budget, such as the cohesion policy and common agricultural policy.
According to Poland, it is necessary to adopt fair financing distribution mechanisms under the European Recovery Fund by taking into account the actual wealth of each country. The new financial instruments should be flexible and adjusted to the needs of individual countries, including those which have coped relatively well with COVID-19.
A Strong Visegrad Group
On 11 June 2020, during the Visegrad Group summit at Lednice Chateau near Brno, V4 leaders adopted a common position on the European Recovery Fund. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at the time that the Visegrad Group was one of the leading forces setting the course for change in the European Union.
A coordinative meeting of V4 leaders will take place before the EU summit begins.
A New EU budget
With respect to financing the new EU budget for the years 2021-2027, Poland believes that it is necessary to ensure a fair own resources system and avoid the introduction of new solutions that would put an additional strain on the less developed member states.
The post-2020 cohesion policy and common agricultural policy are of particular importance in the context of the new budget.
Other topics of the summit
Moreover, EU leaders will look into information from the European Commission on the current state of negotiations with the United Kingdom and data concerning the current economic state of the EU. The agenda will also include an item concerning the progress made in terms of the Minsk agreements aimed at normalising relations in conflict-torn areas of eastern Ukraine.
Piotr Müller, spokesperson for Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government