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Poland must stop treating EU as money-making machine, says EC Vice President

Christian Fernsby |
Poland should stop treating the European Union as a money-making machine and make a more substantial financial contribution in the future, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said.

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He also said the EU’s Article 7 procedure, under which the bloc could sanction Poland over changes that Brussels says undermine the rule of law, had not yet had any impact on Warsaw’s behaviour.

“The EU is not just a money machine, a cow that you can milk,” Katainen told journalists in Warsaw ahead of a summit of countries, mainly from Europe’s formerly Communist east, that have joined the EU since 2004. “We are expecting a more substantial contribution from Poland for the future of Europe.”

He said Poland’s “economic development has been remarkable” thanks to its membership of the bloc, through which it has received over 100 billion euros in EU funding.

But he said Poland had put itself in a weaker position within the bloc because of its conflict with the EU over the rule of law.

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