Poland to receive more cash under new EU budget
February 8, 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Poland is set to receive 4.5 billion euros more than previously under the European Union's new budget -- even though EU leaders Friday decided at a Brussels summit to cut the bloc's spending for the first time ever.
Under pressure from countries like Britain, which demanded belt-tightening, EU leaders hammered out a pared-back budget of 960 billion euros for 2014-2020—the first reduction in the EU's long-term spending plans.
But Poland will receive a total of 106 billion euros, up from 101.5 billion euros under the EU's 2007-2013 budget, Polish media reported. The budget must still be approved by the European Parliament,
After marathon talks in Brussels, an elated Prime Minister Donald Tusk told reporters: “This is one of the happiest days of my life.”
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations. This is a historic moment.”