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Sep 10, 2019

V4 countries agree 2021-2027 EU budget cuts are “unacceptable”

Representatives of the Visegrad Group countries have stated that the planned 20 percent cut of European Union funding in the 2021-2027 financial cycle is “unacceptable”.

Representatives of the Visegrad Group countries have stated that the planned 20 percent cut of European Union funding in the 2021-2027 financial cycle is “unacceptable”.

During a V4 meeting in Sárospatak, Hungary, attended by parliamentary European affairs committee members of the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak parliaments, Richard Horcsik, the (Fidesz) head of parliament’s European Affairs Committee, noted the participants had agreed to call on their governments to take a stand against cohesion and agricultural funding cuts at the upcoming EU summit.

Horcsik noted the Visegrad Group countries had already spent “substantial funds” on the development of poor regions, and stated that curbing those resources would not make sense. He pointed out that the group also opposes making the funding conditional on “various requirements”, adding that such measures were not a part of the Lisbon Treaty.

Meanwhile, the Fidesz official said the election of European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen had shown that the Visegrad Group could lobby successfully for its interests on important issues.