Poland not satisfied with Finnish presidency EU budget proposal

Poland is not satisfied with Finland's latest proposal for the 2021-27 EU budget, with contributions reduced to 1.07 percent of the Gross National Product of the EU's 27 members said Polish EU affairs minister, Konrad Szymanski.

The proposal is more restrictive than last year's draft put forward by the European Commission (EC), the EU's executive body, which suggested a 1.114 pct GNP rate, according to a document that leaked to the media.

"The Finnish presidency’s proposal still does not bring the European Union closer to an agreement on a multi-year EU budget for the coming years, to an extent that Poland and countries of its region expect," Min Szymanski said.

According to Min Konrad Szymański, the new European Council president, Charles Michel, will now face a bigger challenge, as he needs to achieve a compromise on that matter next year.

“Despite continuing political pressure, notably from Germany and the Netherlands, the most severe cuts to the cohesion policy, affecting Poland, have been avoided,” said Minister Szymanski.

However, Poland and the countries in its region still support "an ambitious budget and a further review of the very severe cuts to the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy that the European Commission suggested," added the Polish EU Affairs Minister.