In addition, the fact that a large percentage of the funds received by Central European countries as grants goes back to Western Member States should also be taken into account, and this must be reflected in the proposal, he added.

According to the PM, it is also unfair that they intend to reduce cohesion funds in such a way that “the poorer a country is, the more money would be taken away from them, while the richer a country is, the less.” In addition, he also called for an increased flexibility as the Commission’s proposal “points in the other direction” and this makes the budget increasingly inflexible.

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