Poland’s prime minister has warned that the government will not approve the next EU budget if its proposals are not written into the budget's rule of law mechanism.
A Polish deputy prime minister said on Wednesday that agreement had been reached between Poland, Hungary and Germany regarding EU budget negotiations stalled by a standoff over a rule-of-law clause.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the Bundestag on Wednesday that her government would try to find a way to unblock the threat of a Polish and Hungarian veto of the EU's next seven-year budget.
Poland’s foreign minister has said that a compromise with the EU over a contentious mechanism in the next EU budget can be reached, but only if the mechanism is limited to protecting the budget from criminal acts.
The vice president of the European Commission has said Europe will not concede ground in its standoff with Poland and Hungary over a rule of law mechanism in the new EU budget.
Referring to the ongoing EU budget negotiations, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban told a Polish public television broadcaster in Warsaw on Tuesday that "we are very close to reaching a good deal for Poland, Hungary and the entire EU."
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said he believes Poland and the EU can still strike an agreement over the next EU budget.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, warned on Monday that Poland takes "very seriously" a possible Polish veto of the EU budget if a rule-of-law clause is tied to funding.
In all, 58 percent of Poles believe that EU member governments have the right to use a veto in a situation in which they are convinced that fundamental interests of a given state are endangered, while 19 percent have the opposite opinion, shows a Social Changes poll.
The European Commission has said it will stand its ground in a dispute with Poland and Hungary, insisting a rule-of-law mechanism in the 2021-27 EU budget is in line with agreements made by the heads of EU states at a July summit.