Prime Minister after the Friends of Cohesion Summit: We will jointly defend the cohesion policy

The objective of the summit was to present a joint position of the Friends of Cohesion on the shape of the future EU budget.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

As part of the summit, the representatives of the countries comprising the informal Friends of Cohesion group discussed essential issues related to the EU multiannual budget for 2021-2027, including the proposed amount of the budget and priorities of individual countries.

During the meeting, Mateusz Morawiecki stated the position of Poland, with particular attention being paid to, in particular, the allocation of cohesion and agricultural policies, the demand for high transfer between cohesion policy funds, and the protection of the allocation of the cohesion policy and the CAP in the context of new funds such as the Fair Transition Fund.

We have placed emphasis on the importance of unity in many discussions held here. This is a good sign before the upcoming negotiations on the EU budget, stressed the Prime Minister. He also pointed out that Poland will object to the increase in expenditure on the Brussels bureaucracy during the European Council meeting concerning the EU budget for 2021-2027.

The result of the summit is a joint declaration of the Friends of Cohesion group countries, which is a summary of the agreements reached during the meeting and constitutes a counterbalance to the coordination of countries being net contributors to the European Union budget.

In addition, the head of Polish government met with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa. The meeting focused on bilateral relations and key issues related to the European agenda. The heads of Polish and Portuguese government also discussed challenges associated with the European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU Eastern Partnership policy. In addition, the Prime Ministers agreed on the necessity to prevent tax loopholes and limit tax havens.

The Prime Minister of Portugal accepted an invitation to visit Poland. The visit is planned for May.

The informal Friends of Cohesion group was established during negotiations on the previous two EU financial perspectives. It includes 17 EU Member States. The Friends of Cohesion point to the significance of the EU cohesion policy and the Common Agricultural Policy as well-proven financial instruments with a high Community value added. The group is in favour of maintaining resources for cohesion at the level comparable to the current level in the EU budget for 2014-2020.

The previous Friends of Cohesion Summit was held in Prague on 5 November 2019.

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