Polish PM optimistic about EU summit
February 7, 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Prime Minister Donald Tusk is confident that Poland can attain its goal of getting PLN 300 billion in cohesion funds from the EU budget for 2014-2020, Tusk said Wedenesday before leaving for Luxembourg and Brussels to attend the EU's budget summit on February 7-8.
"The next days will to a large extent be decisive for Europe's future. They will determine what Europe and Poland be like (..)," Tusk told reporters.
Earlier on Tuesday the Polish government passed an official position on the EU's budget summit and said that it opposes cohesion funding cuts as this could broaden the gap between wealthier and poorer EU members.
According to Poland's position cohesion funding should embrace all EU regions with a focus on those that are least developed.
In the position the government also suggests raising Poland's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) subsidies to the EU average to enable Polish farmers to function on the EU market "according to fair principles".