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This story about the planned EU budget review was published by EurActiv on 2nd September 2010.

On his first visit to Brussels, Polish President Bronis?aw Komorowski stressed his continued backing for European assistance to poorer regions and farmers ahead of EU budget talks later this year.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso replied that the Commission supported the solidarity approach but all member states would need to agree as well.

Speaking to the press yesterday (1 September), Komorowski said his country would be consistent in calling for further EU integration. Poland will assume the rotating EU presidency after Hungary, in the second half of 2011.

Unlike his eurosceptic predecessor Lech Kaczy?ski, who died in a tragic plane crash (EurActiv 10/04/10), Komorowski is seen as a strong supporter of EU integration, but like most Polish leaders, he appears no less interested in giving prominence to his country within the Union.

“A new political moment seems to be opening now […] Poland is interested in strengthening solidarity in the European Union,” Komorowski said, using an emblematic word which has a powerful meaning in his country’s – and Europe’s – recent history.

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