Zbigniew Rau (R) took part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday and said that the topic was discussed on the sidelines of the meeting.
Poland will not agree to Germany’s proposal to replace unanimous voting in the EU with majority voting, the Polish foreign minister has said.
Zbigniew Rau took part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday and said that the topic was discussed on the sidelines of the meeting.
“There is a strong tendency on the part of our German neighbours… to use majority voting for issues that under the current legal regime are subject to unanimity in voting, such as tax issues and, what’s most important for us, cases concerning security and foreign policies,” Rau said.
“Poland cannot agree to that,” he added.
Rau went on to say that Poland is not alone in this dispute as “more and more countries indicate that they are not interested in such solutions”.
A key point on the meeting’s agenda was continued support for Ukraine.
“Today we managed to discuss the issue of the European Peace Facility,” the Polish minister said, referring to an EU off-budget instrument that funds military equipment and training for EU partner countries, and which has been focused on helping Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion.
“Everything seems to be on track to success, meaning the payout of EUR 0.5 billion and accepting EUR 1 billion more,” Rau said.
Rau said that Hungary, which had been blocking the latest payout, “can feel the pressure of member countries and time” and expressed hope that the dispute would soon be resolved.