Before the end of the year Europe has a pressing need to find a budgetary compromise for the five-year plan covering 2007 to 2013. Poland and the Czech republic today appealed to the current EU president , Britain, to find an answer. Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka, on a visit to Prague, said he was speaking for the Visegrad group, which includes the Czechs, Poles, Hungarians, and Slovaks. Last month the EU failed to agree a package, with a Paris-London face-off ruining any deal. The EU’s new member states are impatiently waiting for the aid that the next budget promises them, more than 160 billion euros in its latest form. At the failed June summit they even agreed to go without some of the money if it would ensure an overall budget agreement, to no avail. Britain hopes it can present a new compromise in November.
Visegrad group calls for budget agreement