Czech president supports Poland's stance on EU budget

"All that is decided within the European Union by its institutions, but above all by the European Council, the European Parliament and European Commission must always stay within the limits of the treaties," Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a joint press conference after meeting with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman in Prague on Wednesday.

Compromise taking shape over rule of law conditionality

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President Duda welcomed the fact that he and President Zeman have a similar stance on the question of the EU budget and the rule of law mechanism. Mr Zeman pointed out that the Czech Republic "should support Poland and Hungary in the dispute with the European Commission," adding that the EC is "only a body of officials, not a European government”, while the latter, in his opinion, is “the European Council".

Agreement on next EU budget in sight: deputy Sejm speaker

"Budget negotiations are ongoing, but it seems that we will reach an agreement that will satisfy us," Deputy Sejm (Lower House) Speaker Ryszard Terlecki said on Wednesday.

He added that Poland will be able reach a situation where "the mechanism of supervision over the EU's budget and the fight against corruption will be separated from the arbitrarily interpreted provision on the rule of law."

Mr Terlecki said that a preliminary draft agreement had been approved by the key participants in the negotiations.

"However, there is also the issue of other countries, whether they will not object, for example the Netherlands," said the speaker.

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