News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
13 November 2012
On BBC HardTalk, Minister Sikorski explained the differences between the Polish and British approaches to negotiations of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework. “If freezing the EU budget is really Great Britain’s aim, then Poland will agree to it, because this is what the European Commission proposed,” said Minister Sikorski. “What is at issue here is that the current British proposal will translate into deep cuts – as high as euro 100 billion – in the EU budget.”
Talking to British journalists, Minister Radosław Sikorski also explained that blocking negotiations on the EU multiannual budget would mean triggering a procedure of adopting annual budgets. This would not necessarily be good for Great Britain as well, as it would open up a discussion on rebates on membership fees to European institutions and would lead to freezing, at a high level, Common Agricultural Policy spending, which the British want to avoid.