Senate calls on gov't to approve EU budget

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The Polish senate passed a resolution on Wednesday calling on the government to adopt the negotiated draft EU budget for 2021-27.

In the resolution, the Senate calls on the government "to respect the national interest and to withdraw from, contrary to the Polish raison d'état, the threat of vetoing the EU budget."

The senators stressed that the veto which the Law and Justice government threatened to apply "is against Poland's economic, political and strategic interests. It threatens to delay, limit or even withhold the payment of hundreds of billions of zlotys from European funds for Poland, including the EU Recovery Instrument, which is to help in overcoming the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic."

The senators argued that the Law and Justice government "is threatening Polish and European Union citizens with depriving them of the funds only to continue to break the rule of law, to continue the attack on independent courts, that is, in fact, to ensure impunity for the officials of the ruling formation. The threat of veto further deepens the international isolation of the Polish government."