» Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Asked if the Deputy Prime Minister was visiting Hungary and Poland today with an offer of future financial assistance, the PMOS said that this was not the time or the place to discuss such an issue. As the Prime Minister had underlined at the end of the Brussels Summit two weeks ago, and as the Deputy Prime Minister would again make clear in his meetings with the Prime Ministers of Hungary and Poland today, we would ensure that the Accession countries would not lose out financially. We already had very good bilateral relations with Poland and Hungary and we shared many common views on issues such as economic reform. We recognised that they had budgetary concerns relating to the EU. We also understood that part of the problem with the current CAP policy was the fact that so much of it was focussed towards the original fifteen members, rather than the new Accession countries. It was therefore important to switch the focus towards helping them raise the standards of their basic infrastructure in line with the rest of the EU. That would be the Deputy Prime Minister’s basic message today.

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