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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

President urges not to veto EU budget

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Poland's President Bronisław Komorowski on Wednesday called on other EU countries not to veto the 2014-2020 EU budget in a speech he gave in Belgium. He warned that the veto is "a negotiative nuclear weapon" which may threaten the unity of Europe.

 

"I call on our friends who threaten to use the negotiative nuclear weapon to focus on a longer horizon than the coming months or years," the Polish president said in a speech on the future of Europe at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. See also: President in Belgium on Ukraine

 

According to Komorowski, a veto should be "an ultimate and theoretical solution." He said that "using the veto not only contradicts the principle of solidarity, one of the key foundations of Project Europe, but also is a sign of short-sightedness in relation to preserving the Union's integrity."

 

President Komorowski expressed hope that the current crisis in the EU could be overcome. "Europe has definitely not said the last word not only in its own history, but also in the history of the whole world."

 

Bronisław Komorowski praised EU's efforts aimed at supporting the ailing euro zone and pledged that Poland was willing to join the zone "as soon as possible."

 

The president also stressed the extent to which Poland benefited from the cohesion policy and said Poland was using the funds effectively. "Various reports have shown that every euro invested in Poland, the Czech Republic or Slovakia brings back 61 euro cents to the older EU members in additional exports," Komorowski said.

 

Also on Wednesday, reporters asked Bronisław Komorowski about his views on the recent EU budget proposals. "Indeed, the cohesion fund is most important for us as it is a fund supporting growth activities and we are a country that still needs to grow," the president said.

 

He was also asked about the draft EU budget proposed by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, which sets the limit of access to the cohesion fund at 2.4 percent of a given country's GDP.

 

It is just the beginning of negotiations, the president remarked and said that Van Rompuy's proposal was still better than the UK's demands of EUR 200 billion cuts.

 

Komorowski reminded that Polish PM Donald Tusk met with Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday and that French President Francois Hollande was coming to Poland on Friday.

 

"The day after tomorrow (on Friday) I will host the French president in Warsaw and this will also be an element of consultation and pressing for appreciation, perception and fulfilment of as many Polish expectations towards the budget as possible," Komorowski said.

Komorowski also said that PM Tusk would consult other prime ministers, while he would meet German and Italian presidents in Naples ahead of the November 22-23 EU summit.

 

The president explained that during a conversation with Van Rompuy and Belgian PM Elio di Rupo he brought up the issue of constructing the EU budget and the issue of "excessive and ultimately unfair rebates and rebates to rebates" enjoyed by a group of net payers, most prominently the UK.

 

Poland has significant input in financing these discounts and if it were to lose some of the cohesion funds, it will raise the rebate issue during the negotiations, Komorowski said. The Polish president was to conclude his two-day visit to Belgium on Wednesday. (PAP)

 

 

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