Poles don’t want to give up their veto right on foreign policy and taxes: poll

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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The EU bureaucratic structure and the most powerful countries, such as Germany and France, are exerting increasing pressure to eliminate treaties and legal protections that weaker countries use to protect their sovereignty, according to wPolityce.pl.

The increasing pressure primarily concerns the veto right in tax and foreign policy areas, which is to be abolished according to the so-called Scholz plan. Poland has announced its opposition to the plan.

Meanwhile, according to a study by the Social Changes research institute, Poles are increasingly aware of the issue as well.

Respondents were asked: “Should Poland agree to a change in the treaties of the European Union, enabling the introduction of new taxes in member states, internal security regulations, and the limitation of the competencies of EU member countries?”

Forty-one percent of respondents were against Poland agreeing to such changes in EU treaties. Only 21 percent supported the proposed changes, while 38 percent had no opinion, considering the complex nature of the issue.

Regarding Poland’s veto right in the EU, 58 percent of respondents said it should not give it up, while only 11 percent supported its abolition. while 31 percent had no opinion on the matter. Notably, both 74 percent of ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party voters and 57 percent of Civic Coalition (KO) voters supported defending Poland’s veto right.

Nearly half of Poles, 48 percent, also oppose the implementation of the Fit for 55 package, which, as noted in the question, could cost Polish taxpayers up to €189 billion by 2030.

As portal wPolityce.pl notes, the push for a centralized Europe, relegating countries like Poland to mere provinces controlled by Berlin and Brussels, is set to intensify. The Polish government’s success relies on gaining robust public support, and recent polls suggest that support is on the rise.

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