Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels: we point out that the budget has to be based on a good and healthy compromise. Poland is ready for that

We are launching extensive negotiations on the next EU budget, said the Prime Minister before the upcoming informal summit in Brussels.

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Photo: W. Kompała / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Poland has very clear objectives. We want continuation of those objectives that have been so far beneficial for Poland, i.e. the Common Agricultural Policy or the cohesion policy, underlined Mateusz Morawiecki.

The Prime Minister expressed his understanding for new proposals presented by other Member States, such as defence policy or common actions in the area of migration, refugees and on-site help for those in need. We find many of them appealing and our attitude towards them is positive, said the Prime Minister. At the same time, he underlined that new objectives require finding new funds in the EU budget.

In the opinion of Mateusz Morawiecki, funds may be raised through such decisions as elimination of rebates, used by certain Member States, as well as elimination of the gap in collection of VAT. The European Commission estimates that the VAT gap in the whole EU totals EUR 155 billion. This is more than the whole annual EU budget, which means that partial elimination of this gap would significantly increase revenues of all Member States and the EU budget, noted the Polish Prime Minister.

Moreover, the Prime Minister underlined that Poland is clearly opposed to tax havens. In this context, we want all Member States to implement a realistic policy in order to prevent very wealthy companies from avoiding taxes, he said.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki underlined that he hopes that the new EU budget will be possibly the best for Poland and that it will respond to future challenges, in order to allocate its funds to research, development and innovation. As he added, we point out that the budget has to be based on a good and healthy compromise, which Poland is ready for.

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