PM Mateusz Morawiecki said before the meeting that Poland, which is in the process of catching up with Western countries, needs to have funds for development.
He added that Poland has to convince wealthier countries “which had more luck throughout history”, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and France, to ensure a fair allocation of funds.
Heads of government from 16 European countries and European Commission officials were on Tuesday set to gather in the Czech capital for a meeting of a group called “Friends of Cohesion.”
Besides Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which together form a regional cooperation platform known as the Visegrad Group (V4), the group includes other Baltic and southern European states such as Greece, Spain and Italy, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
These countries have formed a united front to oppose any major cuts in funding for the EU’s Cohesion and Common Agricultural Policy, according to the news agency.
At the meeting in Prague, EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger was expected to discuss the EU’s planned budget for 2021-2027 with national leaders, IAR reported.