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Coronavirus crisis economy EU Mateusz Morawiecki Poland Commentary

Why the EU needs to focus on PM Morawiecki’s 3 key issues of production, budget, and support

Michał Karnowski assesses the Polish PM’s propsitions for the European Union in time of crisis

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Michał Karnowski

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in his article for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung appeals to other EU leaders for courageous decisions to combat the pandemic crisis.

Morawiecki believes that should the response be weak, unambitious and based on recommitting existing funds, than the crisis will spread to EU’s core structures. He said that an EU which can’t answer the needs of the people may be considered superfluous by its peoples.

Morawiecki recommends a three-pronged approach through confirming the importance of cohesion and agricultural funds, a more ambitious budget that makes increased transfers possible and measures to shift manufacturing capacity back to Europe.

Without these, Morawiecki argues the EU’s future will be bleak.

“We must stop fearing an ambitious budget. During this crisis, the most effective resources will come from cohesion funds and the CAP. Europe needs a stimulus package,” said the Polish prime minister.

His comments come in the context of an EU debate in which cohesion and CAP funds were questioned, the very funds that made EU accession possible and which enjoy widespread public support.