EU budget not threatened at moment - Polish official on EP resolution

Polish European Minister Konrad Szymanski has told PAP that, in his opinion, the new EU budget was not yet at risk. He made the statement following a resolution in which the European Parliament had not approved the budget agreement.

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a legally non-binding resolution in which lawmakers expressed their disagreement with the European Council's deal on the European Union's multi-annual budget as it currently stands. The MEPs wants to hold negotiations with EU members on the final shape of the budget.

According to Szymanski, "the European Parliament decided on a very sharp response because it was aware of the fact that the changes introduced by us to the rule of law control mechanism are of a fundamental nature."

"The budget is not yet at risk. I believe that we can seek political agreement regarding the future of our own funds. If there are proposals, which will be beneficial to Poland, we are ready to discuss them in the future. We have rejected a climate tax, since it is too expensive for Poland," the official stated.

Referring to the EP resolution, Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller noted that it was not binding. He expressed his hope that the EP will not veto the budget, since "this would be a sign of huge irresponsibility on the part of the European Parliament."

Mueller said that yesterday's resolution was a political manifesto and not a decision, and stated that the EP had not vetoed the EU budget agreed upon during the Tuesday EU summit in Brussels.

The EP resolution, which is the political position of the parliament, has been prepared by parliamentarian groups of the European People's Party, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Renew Europe, the Greens and the European United Left. The resolution has not been signed by the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, of which Poland's ruling party Law and Justice is a member.

Under the EU summit's conclusions, the EU's next seven-year budget will be worth EUR 1,074 billion, while the post-pandemic recovery fund will total EUR 750 billion, including EUR 390 billion in grants and EUR 360 billion in loans.

Poland will be the beneficiary of over PLN 776 billion (EUR 172 billion) from the EU's post-pandemic recovery package, after EU leaders reached a deal on a stimulus plan and the EU's next common budget during a marathon summit in Brussels. The sum includes PLN 623 billion (EUR 124 billion) in non-repayable grants and EUR 153 billion (EUR 34 billion) in low-interest loans.