The Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Anneli Ott is participating at the meeting of the chairpersons of the European Union Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in Kaunas.
Ott said that the participating countries have similar views on the next budgetary period of the European Union. “The new budget is to include reduced Cohesion Policy payments, which is mainly the consequence of the British plan to leave the Union. The Baltic states and Poland are very keen that these payments should not be reduced significantly. Together we can defend these positions more strongly at the negotiations.” She added that Estonia would be among the transition regions during the new period, which could lead to increased cost-sharing in projects, and reduced payment volumes.
The Chairmen will discuss the status of the negotiations on the next European Union budgetary period (2021–2027).
In addition, the participants will discuss the programme of the Plenary Meeting of the COSAC (Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union), which will be held in Helsinki in the beginning of December, and which will put great emphasis on climate issues.
The Lithuanians will also report on the progress regarding Rail Baltica in Lithuania. The participants will visit Kaunas railway hub, where work started this spring on the first stretch of Rail Baltica in Lithuania.
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