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"Mr President, Prime Minister, we had a dream, a dream of a free and generous Europe of solidarity. It was a dream for 50 years. We are disillusioned by the present disputes. We in the Parliament have succeeded in coming up with a budget in which we have reconciled national sensitivities with the general European interest. Our budget may not be ideal but it is a good compromise. The problem is not linked specifically to any particular government – French, British or German or anybody else. It is linked to the wrong philosophy pursued in the budgetary negotiations by the one per cent club. It is simply impossible to have more Europe for less money. The Union should resist the temptation to make enlargement a scapegoat for or victim of all the problems facing the European Union, be it of constitutional or budgetary nature. It is the other way around: the new Member States provide dynamics and stimulus for reforms, which are indispensable anyhow. These countries are idealistic about Europe to the point of self-sacrifice. The Union needs more resources if we are to realise our ambitions. If we are to build a political and economic Union we have to move beyond the accountant-type approach, pared down to thinking in net contributor terms. We, the countries of central and eastern Europe, know very well what the price of our European dream was. We lived through decades of hardship, violation of human rights, paying the prices of life, jail, gulag and deprivation. We are coming from the cold of Yalta, but the climate in Europe is becoming chilly and egoistic. How much is Europe worth? Are there two ways of fixing the price for Europe? On the one hand, is it one per cent of GNI, is it the rebate, or is it direct payments? Or on the other hand, is it not the price we paid, the price of commitment to European values and a community of destiny? But we place a higher value on Europe. Let us not put it at risk. The price we paid for it is not convertible into euro. One year after joining the EU, how do we explain to our citizens the gap between promise and performance? How do we put more soul into the European project?"@en1
"Jacek Emil Saryusz-Wolski (PPE-DE )."1

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