Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

My yesterday’s comments on the Polish-Lithuanian relations have aroused great interest of my colleagues Members of the EP Budget Committee.

They told me that at this stage of negotiations on the future financial perspective nothing has been decided, and the payers give the impression that they are not rushing to resolve the difficult dilemmas. No rush may mean that they will be waiting until the last minute to decide on the fate of such issues as the Cohesion Fund. It just so happens that the last moment will be the end of 2013. And so it happens that Lithuania will then hold the Presidency of the EU. Of course, by pure coincidence the current President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, used to be EU Commissioner for Budget and she has a great reputation in Brussels in this field.

If I were Prime Minister Tusk or Minister Sikorski, I would be preparing myself to the fact that the Lithuanians will have their say which will be significant at the moment of completing the key provisions of the future financial perspective. The proud musketeers from Civic Platform, who had promised Poles 300 billion zlotys before the parliamentary elections, should now put on sackcloth and ashes and book a date in the tight schedule of Lithuanian president.

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