According to the Polish prime minister, the current budget size, set at 1.16 percent of the EU's gross national income, should be the starting point for the negotiations of the 2021-2027 budget since "it is clear that lowering spending would mean weakening the European project".
"Discussion of the next EU budget is one of the biggest and most contentious issues currently faced by the bloc. Negotiating a budget deal is not purely an arithmetical exercise. Rather, it must be a translation of political priorities into a financial framework; focusing on net balances (whether countries pay in more than they receive) when considering the EU budget is misleading, as it does not reflect the true benefits and costs of integration," the PM wrote.
PM Morawiecki gave the example of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries, comprising of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, which in 2010-2016 received net funds from the EU that constituted between 1.5 and 4 percent of their GDP. However, the outflow of dividends and property incomes from V4 to investors located in 15 countries of the so-called 'old' EU reached between 4 and 8 percent of the V4 countries' GDP in the same period.
The Polish prime minister concluded with the statement "We should be more ambitious about the size of the next multi-annual financial framework in order to address a range of priorities. A strong, safe and prosperous Europe requires proper financing. We simply cannot afford to spend less".
Author: Michał Wyrzyk
Source: Poland Daily