Will the dispute over the EU budget be resolved soon? Corresponding statements come from Polish Deputy Prime Minister Gowin. This means that the Corona aid could still flow.
According to Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin, Poland and Hungary have reached an agreement on the EU budget dispute with the German Presidency of the EU Council. “There is an agreement in the Warsaw-Berlin-Budapest triangle,” Gowin said in Warsaw on Wednesday. According to information from EU circles, the German Presidency of the Council is expected to invite Wednesday afternoon in Brussels to a special meeting of the permanent representatives of the member states. According to diplomats, the draft for the possible agreement will be presented to her.
Gowin had previously said he was optimistic that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki could reach a ‘good deal’ on the EU budget at the EU summit next Thursday and Friday.
No details known yet
There was initially no information on the details of the proposal. It was also open whether it had been pre-coordinated between EU governments. Gowin said he believed the other 24 capitals within the EU could support this agreement.
Countries such as the Netherlands and Luxembourg in particular had recently warned that an agreement should not water down the planned new procedure for penalizing violations of the rule of law in the EU. Hungary and Poland wanted to achieve just this by blocking the EU budget.
The EU is threatened with an emergency budget
In protest against such a rule of law procedure, Poland and Hungary are blocking decisions for the billions in Corona’s economic aid and the EU’s next long-term budget. This could mean that the EU initially only has some sort of emergency budget available in the new year. Numerous programs from research, health, education and youth, among others, would then not be able to start.
On Tuesday evening, after talks with Morawiecki in Warsaw, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said a solution was only “one centimeter” away.