Our right to veto is not questioned in EU: President’s Chief of Staff

Nobody among the EU Member States is questioning our right to veto, Krzysztof Szczerski, the Chief of Staff of the Polish President Andrzej Duda, told the Polish public broadcaster on Friday.

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During the recent meeting of European Union ambassadors, Poland’s Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś presented the position that Poland rejects the political agreement between the European Parliament negotiators and the German presidency on the conditionality mechanism in the EU budget. Hungary also objected to this idea.

On Thursday, EU leaders spoke via a videoconference and discussed the future of the multiannual budget. “It is a very serious problem, which we have to deal with and we will work on it,” Angela Merkel, the German chancellor said.

“This is a good statement, which means that nobody is questioning the right of Poland and Hungary to submit such a veto, contrary to some voices in Poland,” Mr Szczerski commented.

He added that during the negotiations in July, the Netherlands and other “frugal” countries – Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden – objected to the proposal and all the Member States sat down to negotiate a compromise solution.

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“Whilst the Netherlands and the ‘Frugal group’ vetoed in their own particular interest, Poland and Hungary disagree on this budget in the name of general principles,” the president’s Chief of Staff said.

In his opinion, the Polish opposition and left-liberal media make the Polish negotiating position more difficult, while the Netherlands a few months ago was firmly supported by the EU elite.

“All of this would not happen without those resolutions of the European Parliament, arbitrarily interpreting the rule-of-law, the words of Ms [Vera] Jourova, who includes into the rule-of-law virtually everything,” Mr Szczerski said.

“If all those elements of ruining European law by various politicians and EU institutions did not happen, nobody would discuss the issue of the rule-of-law, because everybody would understand that this is a legal term,” he stressed.