Poland serious about EU budget veto option: Polish PM

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, warned on Monday that Poland takes “very seriously” a possible Polish veto of the European Union’s budget if it is linked to the issue of the rule-of-law.

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“We must ensure the cohesion of the EU, it is also embedded in the right of veto; the possibility of its use is taken very seriously by us,” the PM wrote on Monday on social media.

“We will defend the sovereignty of European states, the letter and the spirit of the treaties - we will defend the Europe of homelands!” Mr Morawiecki stressed.

Poland and Hungary are the only two countries in the EU to oppose a clause linking Union’s funding with the issue of the rule of law.

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Dispute about the EU budget

Both Warsaw and Budapest have long been in a dispute with the European Commission and other EU institutions over what they see as attempts by the Polish and Hungarian governments to undermine the rule of law in the two countries, and the clause is seen by some as an attempt by Brussels to make the two errant countries change their ways.

On Thursday in Budapest, the Polish and Hungarian PMs have signed a joint declaration agreeing to oppose linking the EU budget with an “arbitrary and biased criteria for violations of the rule of law.”

Viktor Orbán, the PM of Hungary will arrive in Warsaw on Monday evening to discuss this issue with Mr Morawiecki.

The Polish PM spoke on Friday with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, about the EU’s 2021-27 budget and an attached EUR 750-bn recovery fund for European economies struck by the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the conversation, Mr Morawiecki said he had told Ms Merkel that Poland expects further work to be carried out on finding a resolution that ensures the rights of all member states. He also reiterated Poland’s readiness to veto the EU’s next seven-year budget if no such solution was found.