Back

State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Meeting of the EU Council for General Affairs in Brussels: “The New European Budget Proposal partly reflects the Slovak priorities; however, it is still necessary to negotiate.”

State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Meeting of the EU Council for General Affairs in Brussels: “The New European Budget Proposal partly reflects the Slovak priorities; however, it is still necessary to negotiate.”

17.2.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia |

On February 17, 2020, František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, took part in the meeting of the EU Council for General Affairs (GAC).

 

The central theme of the meeting was the preparation for the extraordinary meeting of the European Council which will be held this Thursday, February 20, 2020. The main goal of the summit is to make progress in talks about the future EU Budget 2021-2027. In December 2019, the leaders of the EU member states authorised Charles Michel, President of the European Council, to present a compromise proposal of the Multiannual Financial Framework. It is this document which has now become the baseline for further negotiations.

 

The General Affairs Council discussed the reviewed budget proposal which had been drafted by the President of the European Council, and Slovakia also presented its position on the document. Our country continues to contribute to the discussion in a constructive way, and, together with other member states of the Cohesion who have similar opinions, we have been pursuing our key priorities. Most important of these are sufficient resources for the Cohesion Policy, appropriate support for rural development, and flexible and favourable rules for the use of the European funds. 

 

During the debate, František Ružička emphasized that, regarding the support of the Slovak farmers, the development of our rural areas and the building of infrastructure, we maintain the same positions that we have presented until now. At the same time, we are paying increasing attention to specific proposals in the area of digital transformation and measures to improve the environment.

 

However, the State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry also noted that “if we really wish to prepare the EU Budget for the future, we cannot accept radical cuts in a successful and strategically important programme for our youth – the Erasmus Programme.” František Ružička also called for a more balanced, more responsible and fairer approach to finding an acceptable compromise for the future common European budget.