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There is room for Polish-German alliance on EU budget – Polish official

Poland’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Jadwiga Emilewicz has told PAP that there is room for a Polish-German alliance on the EU budget as neither Poland nor Germany are satisfied about the current European Commission’s proposal.

Minister Emilewicz met in Berlin on Monday with the German Minister of Economy and Energy, Peter Altmaier.

According to Emilewicz, under the new EU budget proposal presented by the EC last week Poland and Germany are likely to receive less than in the current one. “I was told by Minister Altmaier that this is a good foundation for building a negotiation coalition between Poland and Germany. We agreed that the draft EU budget is the EC’s first proposal, a starting point for negotiations,” she said.

Minister Emilewicz’s talks with Minister Altmaier focused on the tightening of bilateral economic contacts. “We agreed that the two sides can build new relations in such sectors as electro-mobility or lithium-ion batteries. Germany is interested in developing Industry 4.0. cooperation. We decided to work on projects, which will make it possible,” she declared.

The official announced that Minister Altmaier accepted her invitation to pay a visit to Poland and that he would come to Warsaw in early September.

Last week, the European Commission presented a draft EU budget for the years 2021-2027. Poland is to receive EUR 64 billion as part of the cohesion policy. This means that it would receive EUR 19.5 billion less than in the current perspective. The entire cohesion policy budget for 2021-2027 is planned at EUR 373 billion.

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