Poland has come out in opposition to the EU’s proposed new budget, according to reports.
The Polish Minister for European Affairs, Konrad Szymański, said on Monday in Brussels that Warsaw would not accept “revolutionary” cuts, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.
The European Commission, the bloc’s executive, on May 2 proposed a new long-term EU budget for 2021-2027.
The commission estimated that in nominal terms — not adjusted for inflation — spending on the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy would be cut by 5 percent and on Cohesion Policy by 7 percent, according to PAP.
But Szymański said that in real terms the cuts would total 10 and 15 percent respectively.
“We are ready to discuss evolutionary policy reforms and evolutionary reforms of the EU budget. But we are not ready to accept revolutionary cuts, especially in cohesion policy and common agricultural policy,” Szymański added.
Poland is the largest recipient of European Union cohesion funds under the bloc’s 2014-2020 budget.
The EU’s cohesion policy aims to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development as well as improve quality of life for citizens, according to the European Commission.