Baltics propose increasing member states’ contributions to EU budget
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia invite European Union member states to increase contributions to the EU budget after 2020 in order to make sure available funds do not drop after UK’s exit.
In the letter sent by Baltic States to EU higher-ups, it is mentioned that the three countries would like to see sufficient funds for cohesion policy, agriculture and strategic projects – synchronization of Baltic power lines with Western Europe, Rail Baltica and closure of Ignalinas nuclear power plant.
«We are prepared to discuss ways to maintain the current multiyear funding programmes level after Brexit by means of increasing contributions to the EU budget and, possibly, finding new internal resources,» as mentioned in the letter signed by Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and Estonia’s Prime minister Jüri Ratas.
The letter was submitted by Grybauskaitė to European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday, 15 February. Lithuania’s president admitted that contributions to the budget will be a politically sensitive matter. She added that Lithuania is prepared to increase its contribution to ensure proper financing of infrastructure and defence projects.
According to her, the EU budget will lose approximately EUR 13 billion from Brexit. The full article is available on bnn-news.com