Poland awaits new proposals on EU budget: presidential aide

Poland is waiting for new proposals of the German EU presidency as regards the European Union’s budget, said Krzysztof Szczerski, the Polish President Andrzej Duda’s chief of staff, slamming Germany for “terrible” negotiation tactics.

While appearing as a guest on the public TVP Info channel, Mr Szczerski stressed that Poland, as a member state, would opt for ”an ambitious European budget” that respects the rule of law in the European Union, and expects the German presidency to present such a proposal consistent with these two goals.

He went on, saying that Germany’s use of "terrible" negotiating tactics, led to a situation in which so far, a month before the end of the budget period, the European Union has not adopted a new budget.

Therefore, he said, now it is Germany that has to find a solution, and Poland is waiting for new proposals from them.

The presidential aide emphasised that Poland wanted the provisions contained in the budget to be in line with EU treaties. He also made a reservation that there is no provision in any treaty that you can "starve" a country by blocking its access to EU funds.

On Friday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed the readiness to use a veto in a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the same time, he stated that Poland expected further work to find a solution as soon as possible, which "would guarantee the rights of all Member States and respect treaty procedures".

Poland and Hungary threatened to veto the draft budget, questioning the mechanism of linking the payment of EU funds to the condition of the rule of law in respective member states. According to Poland and Hungary, this criterion is imprecise and may be used to make politically motivated decisions.