Poland against Finnish EU budget proposals - PM
Poland will not accept the Finnish EU presidency's proposals regarding the post-2020 EU budget, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Brussels. Morawiecki stressed that agricultural and cohesion funding had to be secured.
According to diplomatic sources current EU presiding country Finland has proposed an EU budget at 1,055 percent of the community's gross GDP, which would mean an EUR 60-65 billion cut compared to the EC's earlier budget proposal.
Morawiecki told reporters before the Thursday-launched EU summit that Poland will not accept the Finnish conception, and stressed that the EU budget "was not a field for compromise." He added that the EU's treaty-designated policies like agricultural and cohesion funding had to be "secured."
Morawiecki also said the EU needed new financing sources for its priority tasks, and in this context proposed the introduction of an air travel tax, a financial transaction tax and a digital tax.
Morawiecki also voiced contentment over Thursday's Brexit agreement between the EU and Britain, announced earlier on Thursday by EC head Jean-Claude Juncker and British PM Boris Johnson, especially in view of the agreement's condonement of Polish postulates regarding the post-Brexit rights of Britain's populous Polish community
Morawiecki also spoke about the EU's climate policy and stressed that any moves towards climate neutrality had to secure Polish interests.