Polish parliament to vote on Warsaw's stance on EU budget

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WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's lower house of parliament will vote on Thursday on a resolution proposed by the prime minister supporting Warsaw's stance on vetoing the EU's budget and recovery fund plans, state news agency PAP quoted the house deputy speaker as saying.

Poland and Hungary have refused to back the financial plan for the European Union, even though they are beneficiaries, because the money is conditional on countries respecting the rule of law, an issue on which they have repeatedly clashed with Brussels.

While Poland's ruling nationalists have a majority in the house, the likely result of the non-binding vote is unclear as there have been clashes within the ruling coalition, including over the EU budget.

"It is not a secret that there have been differences here within the coalition," Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro told Catholic radio siodma9 on Thursday.

EU leaders are due to discuss on Thursday the Polish and Hungarian veto on the 1.8 trillion euro financial plan to recover from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but officials do not expect the matter to be resolved this week.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that he would ask lawmakers to vote on a resolution supporting the government's stance, after an address to parliament in which he railed against what he said was unequal treatment of some EU member states.

"The resolution will be today. It is difficult to say what time," lower house deputy speaker Ryszard Terlecki was quoted as saying.

The draft of the resolution states that the lower house "appreciates the fact that Polish representatives have blocked further work on the package of budget solutions". It also calls on EU states to return to talks aimed at reaching a compromise in line with EU treaties and the conclusions of a European Council meeting in July.

(Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Hugh Lawson)