EUROPEAN UNION bosses could open a “Pandora’s box” of euroscepticism with their upcoming budget plans, which member states fear funds could be diverted from Eastern states to their southern neighbours.
The European Commission is heading in a “dangerous direction” by diverting funds away from Eastern Europe because of rifts with Hungary and Poland, according to an EU diplomat.
The EU has threatened to hit potential rebel member states, who could have their subsidies “frozen” under new plans, according to several EU sources.
Eastern states would be punished if they are deemed to have fallen short of the bloc’s democratic values.
An EU source said: “The proposal will include the temporary freezing of funds in order to motivate a change of behaviour.”
Guenther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner in charge of the budget, will announce the details of the bloc’s post-Brexit budget on Wednesday.
However, one EU diplomat has warned of a potential backlash to the proposals, which could even trigger another EU independence referendum in the future.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, they confessed there are fears across the bloc’s eastern states that they could be punished because of the actions of the Visegrad four – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
They said: “Countries fear becoming collateral damage from the Visegrad’s clash with the European Union.”