PM talks future EU budget with Council president

Poland will play a constructive role in working out a final consensus on the EU budget, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said following Thursday evening talks with European Council President Charles Michel.

The talks, which lasted over two hours and concluded after 10 pm, concerned the EU's 2021-2027 budget. Morawiecki told journalists after the meeting that the pair had devoted a lot of time to discussing budgetary contributions and the PM gave his assurance that Poland was supporting the European Parliament in this regard. He said a number of options had been proposed by Poland, which have already been discussed in various forums including the Council.

Morawiecki explained that one of the solutions discussed was a 'plastics charge' on the use of plastic in various forms, specifically plastic bottles. "Here I stressed strongly that it must be proportional to the per capita income of residents," Morawiecki said. "It cannot be regressive, in other words it cannot be more of a burden to those who have less money."

The two politicians talked about a charge on the functioning of large international corporations on the common European market.

"Poland strongly supports this conception because it is at the same time very democratic, supports the middle class, small and medium-sized enterprises and, simultaneously, each of those gigantic international - big American, Chinese, Indian and also European firms - could carry a small fee for using the common market," Morawiecki said.

The prime minister reported that the issue of a "border tax on the coal trail" had also been raised, or, as he explained, a certain fee that companies from the Far East selling Europe steel, cement, fertilizers and glass products would have to bear in order to equalise the level of competitiveness between European companies and enterprises from other parts of the world. He indicated that such initiatives would help maintain industry in Europe.

The PM said that such contributions to the EU budget would enable budgetary aims related to migration, innovation and defence policy to be secured. "These are aims that we support, but provided they are not at the cost of the so-called treaty policies," he said.

Morawiecki went on to say the Polish delegation had forwarded proposals for costs savings in the budget, including in Brussels bureaucracy, as well as in certain policies and funds that countries such as Poland would not use later.