Poland and Hungary settle for the German EU price range provide as a “D-Day” method
By Joanna Plucinska and Krisztina Than
WARSAW / BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Poland and Hungary have tentatively adopted a European Union budget proposal for the European Union budget and are now awaiting further approval by the Netherlands and other skeptical member states, a Polish official said on Wednesday.
Poland and Hungary have blocked the EU budget and Coronavirus Recovery Fund for 2021-2027 worth 1.8 trillion euros (2.18 trillion US dollars) because their nationalist governments oppose a clause that allows funds to be released by rule of law Standards connects.
The topic is to be discussed on Thursday at an EU summit.
“We agree for the time being, but there is some pressure … the aim is to do this before the EU summit (on Thursday),” said the senior government official on condition of anonymity, without giving further details .
Polish President Andrzej Duda spoke at a joint press conference with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman in Prague that a “preliminary agreement” with ongoing work and discussions had been reached.
The Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller informed the state news agency PAP that an agreement was possible at the summit. Hungarian and Dutch government spokesmen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hungarian President Viktor Orban, who on Tuesday said there was a “good chance” of working out a deal after meeting in Warsaw with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wrote on his Facebook page (NASDAQ 🙂 that he was on his way to Brussels.
“Meet tonight, D-Day tomorrow,” he said.
The ambassadors of the European Union reviewed the agreement between Poland, Hungary and the German EU presidency on Wednesday, said an EU diplomat.
The deal would leave the link between EU money and the rule of law intact, but Poland and Hungary would receive assurances on grounds that the regulation will be applied objectively and that it can be examined by the EU’s highest court before it can be applied, said the diplomat.
The 27 EU members would all have to agree on this proposal in order to unlock the EUR 1.8 trillion EU budget and recovery package.
Polish deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Gowin, who heads the more moderate junior coalition partner Accord, said if Poland’s ruling coalition of the United Right fails to reach a compromise, early elections will have to be held.
United Right has been split on the issue of the veto and speculation that one of the junior coalition partners may leave the government.
“I have tossed aside the choice, veto or death … The alternative for the United Right government would be early elections, which would not serve Poland well during a pandemic,” Gowin said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Gowin said Poland, one of the EU’s largest budget recipients, will lose if the veto continues.
The EU has long been at odds with the nationalist governments in Warsaw and Budapest, which Brussels accuses of violating the rule of law by imposing political control over the judiciary, the media and other institutions.
Poland and Hungary deny that their policies threaten the rule of law and describe the problem as interference in their internal affairs.
According to a statement on the European Commission’s website in Budapest, the Hungarian budget would receive at least 4 billion euros net under the recovery fund.
According to a source from the European Commission, the net benefit for Poland would be around 65 billion euros.
(1 euro = 4.4294 zloty)