BARROSO AND KOMOROWSKI CALL FOR STRONG COHESION POLICY

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European Compensation chief José Manuel Barroso as well as Polish Head of state Bronislaw Komorowski asked for a strong Cohesion Policy in the context of the upcoming spending plan overhaul, after their meeting, on 1 September in Brussels.

Komorowski, the pro-European Liberal who on 6 August was successful Lech Kaczynski, eliminated in a plane accident, was on his initial official see to the EU organizations in Brussels, before heading for Paris and also Berlin, on 2 and 3 September. The 58-year-old political leader informed the press that he wanted to indicate his country’s European dedication with the check out. The Polish president worried the need „to strengthen solidarity in the Union,“ referring to the „very vital“ Cohesion Fund for much less favoured regions. „It is really essential to maintain the existing policies since they help bridge the living requirements void“ between various areas, he explained. Komorowski used the very same argument to protect straight assistance for farmers.

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His comments must be seen in regard to the discussion on the future of the EU spending plan, to be launched on 29 September with the Compensation’s presentation of its budget plan review. Unlike an earlier informal draft made public by the press in late 2009, the text is not expected to argue for renationalisation of the farming and communication plans. Budget Plan Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, also a Polish Liberal, does not prepare a „change“ however will certainly suggest a smooth „development“ for these sectors, both of which are essential to his nation.

Barroso is on the same wavelength, telling reporters that there were „no question“ regarding the Compensation’s position. It is „committed to a strong economic, social and also territorial Cohesion Plan“. He included that he has defended this view his „entire life,“ particularly during his political occupation in Portugal, and also wishes „to be able to trust Poland“ to encourage its European partners throughout the settlements on the financial structure 2014-2020, which will certainly start next summertime (Poland will certainly hold the EU Council Presidency in the last fifty percent of 2011). The talks are likely to be eruptive due to the fact that in the meantime– owing to the recession– a majority of participant states mean to take a restrictive strategy in the spending plan argument. The most up to date example to day is the states‘ decision to reduce by EUR3.6 billion the repayment appropriations tabled by the Commission in its 2011 draft budget. Cohesion is the first policy to be influenced by these drastic cuts, shedding EUR1 billion.