Poland determined to secure PLN 300bn funds from EU budget - PM
October 31, 2012
PM Donald Tusk
The Polish government will work on finding a "wise compromise" on new EU budget perspective for years 2014-2020 to assure PLN 300 billion in EU subsidies, and believes it can count on support of 17-18 other EU states which oppose cuts in the new budget, PM Donald Tusk told a news conference on Tuesday.
"We have support of 17, maybe even 18 European states for a budget without major cuts so that this PLN 300 billion which we mentioned becomes a fact," Tusk said, commenting on the proposal made by Cyprus. "We will be looking for a wise compromise . . . between what is beneficial for Poland and acceptable for Europe."
"If we don't build a compromise, we are facing a tough December," Tusk said. If other arguments fail, "the option assuming that we function without a compromise in the provisional twelfth."
Regional Minister Elzbieta Bienkowska said Monday Poland may receive slightly less than EUR 80 billion in EU funds in the 2014-2020 EU budget framework, but it is rather impossible for the figure to be lower than PLN 300 billion.
Cyprus, which currently presides in the European Union, has presented its proposals regarding the EU budget perspective for 2014-2020 assuming cohesion funding cut by some EUR 53 billion. Poland is the main beneficiary of EU cohesion funds