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.

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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

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