Polish PM arrives in Portugal to attend Friends of Cohesion summit

PM Morawiecki meets with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Portugal on Saturday afternoon to take part in the Friends of Cohesion summit, devoted to the key issues of the EU's multiannual budget for 2021-2027.

The Friends of Cohesion, whose summit will be held in Beja, is an informal body comprising countries which want to maintain the current shape of the cohesion policy.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of 17 EU member countries, namely, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Romania.

The Polish PM is accompanied in Portugal by Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak and European Minister Konrad Szymański.

PAP was told by government spokesperson Piotr Mueller upon departure for Portugal that the Saturday summit is planned "to present a common position on the future EU budget."

According to Mueller, PM Morawiecki will present Poland's position regarding the future EU budget, with special emphasis on the volume of cohesion and agricultural policy funds, high transfers within cohesion policy funds and the protection of the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy with regard to new funds, like, for instance, the Just Transition Fund.

On the sidelines of the summit, PM Morawiecki will meet with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa. The two PMs are expected to discuss bilateral relations and key EU issues. 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.