PM Morawiecki to attend Friends of Cohesion summit in Portugal

During the visit to Beja, Morawiecki plans to meet with his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will travel to Beja, Portugal, on February 1, where he will take part in the Friends of Cohesion summit, devoted to the key issues of the EU's multiannual budget for 2021-2027, the PM's office said on Thursday.

The participants of the forum will also discuss the previously proposed size of the budget and the priorities of individual countries. They also plan to sign a joint declaration of states-friends of cohesion.

During the visit to Beja, Morawiecki plans to meet with his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa. They will discuss bilateral relations and key issues on the European agenda, including challenges for the next EU institutional term, as Portugal will take over the rotating presidency of the EU Council in January 2021. The talks will also concern the challenges of European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Policy of the EU.

The Friends of Cohesion Group comprises the V4 countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) as well as Estonia, Croatia, Malta, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Italy, Portugal and Greece. The group stresses the importance of EU cohesion policy and the Common Agricultural Policy as proven financial instruments with high European added value.