PES General Affairs ministers discuss EU budget and rule of law in Poland

27/02/2018

GAC ministerial meeting - Maria João Rodrigues, Frans Timmermans, Michael Roth, Yonnec Polet

European affairs ministers from the Party of European Socialists in a meeting today in Brussels discussed the budget priorities of the EU 2020 and the state of the rule of law in Poland.

German Minister of State for Europe and chair of the PES GAC Ministers network Michael Roth stated:

‘The discussion on the next EU Budget is extremely important. It has always been a tool to deliver European common policies and this needs to continue. Cohesion policy, especially, is for all Member States and this is not up for negotiation. We need an EU Budget that is ambitious and can support new common policies on defense and security. ‘

‘We have a clear message to our Polish partners. Acts matter, not promises. We expect the active cooperation in approaching positions both of Poland and the European Commission. The efforts made by the Commission first Vice President Frans Timmermans are remarkable and we continue supporting his work with all our might.’

The meeting was also attended by

  • Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, Chair, Germany
  • Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Malta
  • Victor Negrescu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Romania 
  • George Katrougalos, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece (observer)
  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission
  • Maria Joao Rodrigues, Vice President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
  • Javier Moreno Sanchez, Secretary General of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
  • Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary-General of the PES