Prime Minister on the second day of the European Council summit in Brussels

“We quite clearly outlined our European position on the issue of budget. If we are after an ambitious Europe, we must direct our resources to it,” said the head of the Polish government.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

On the second day of the EC Summit in Brussels, the main topic of conversation was the shape of the future EU financial framework and the matter of accession negotiations with Western Balkans countries.

“Countries wishing to reduce the budget, which are at the same time saying that there should be more Europe, are very inconsistent in their message,” said Mateusz Morawiecki in the context of the dispute about EU’s budget for the upcoming years.

Poland and the other countries from the Visegrad Group are of the opinion that it is not possible to limit funds allocated to, among other things, Cohesion Policy and common agriculture policy, which is something that Western European countries want.

“Poland is in favour of there being more Europe, both in the context of budget, as well as in the context of a common, single European market,” underlined the Prime Minister. “We wish for more freedom in providing services,” he added.

On the second day of the Summit, the Prime Minister also discussed the need to even out subsidies for farmers from Central Europe. He emphasised how important the Cohesion Fund is for the economic development of the entire European Union.

As regards the expansion of the EU, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that countries will reach an understanding, as “this is something we promised to the countries which are going to great lengths to improve their institutions and adjust their economy and structure to the European Union”.

Mateusz Morawiecki declared that Poland wants to keep its word given to Western Balkans countries since – in his opinion – it would ensure safety at the internal boarders of the European Union.

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