Poland opposes Finland’s lower EU budget draft: FM

Poland’s Finance Minister opposed Finland’s proposal to lower the EU's budget for the years 2021-2027. Finland currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The multiannual budget draft for the years 2021-2027 is lower than last year’s project drawn up by the European Commission (EC).

Jerzy Kwieciński, Poland’s Finance Minister, has said that the lower EU draft budget proposed by Finland does not give any chance of reaching consensus.

“This Finnish proposal which is currently being tested, is even more modest than the one prepared by the European Commission last year. I think the chances of reaching an agreement are low,” Minister Kwieciński told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday.

The EC’s draft multiannual budget foresaw a figure of 1.114 percent of the combined gross national income (GNI) of the 27 EU member states, which will remain in the EU after Brexit.

According to unofficial information, the Finns have proposed a budget of around 1.06 percent of the 27 member states’ GNI.

The Polish minister underlined that Poland is hoping to get billions of EUR for the country’s energy transition, covering at least part of the economic and social costs of it. The final deal will determine if Poland agrees to go CO2 neutral by 2050, a topic which is set to return at the EU summit in December.