Pełczyńska-Nałęcz: further applications for KPO in September. Consultations will start soon

Pełczyńska-Nałęcz: further applications for KPO in September.  Consultations will start soon

Poland will submit further applications for the payment of EU funds under the National Reconstruction Plan at the beginning of September this year, said Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy.

Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy, was asked about plans to spend money from the KPO. Due to the fact that there is little time left to spend the money (it must be spent by the summer of 2026), the government decided to introduce changes to the projects being implemented. Last week it was announced that there will be changes to 11 reforms in 55 investments and 22 investments in 55 investments.

KPO. Work schedule

Public consultations are starting: you can submit your comments and remarks on the plan on the website of the Ministry of Funds.

– A hybrid meeting will be held at the beginning of April. We will talk to social partners, organizations and stakeholders about their comments and respond to them, announced the minister.

Consultations will last until April 15, and earlier – on April 8, a public hearing will be held. The KPO Monitoring Committee would meet on April 18.

– We want to submit further payment applications (under the KPO – ed.) at the beginning of September. These will be applications number two and three. We submitted the first one on December 15 and we expect the first money under this payment application at the beginning of April, said the head of the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy.

The revision concerns “postponing a number of investments and reforms to a later date.” She added that “it's about being on time.” – We want to redesign some things developmentally based on what we received. We want to subsidize the agricultural sector, an additional EUR 2.5 billion will be allocated for this purpose. A total of EUR 15 billion will be allocated to agriculture and food security, she said.

The National Reconstruction Plan for Poland provides for financing 56 investments and 55 reforms. Our country is to receive EUR 59.8 billion (PLN 268 billion), including EUR 25.27 billion (PLN 113.28 billion) in the form of subsidies and EUR 34.54 billion (PLN 154.81 billion) in the form of preferential loans. In accordance with EU goals, a significant part of the KPO budget is to be allocated to climate goals (46.6%), digital transformation (21.3%), and social reforms (22.3%).

The MFiPR proposes to revise 11 out of 55 reforms – 8 from the grant part and 3 from the loan part, and 22 out of 56 investments – 14 from the grant part and 8 from the loan part.

Izera. What's next for the Polish electric car?

The minister was also asked about the future of the Polish electric car. Pełczyńska-Nałęcz does not hide the fact that it is not certain that the Izera factory will be built.

– A decision on this matter will be made in the coming weeks. Contrary to the words of our predecessors, no financing agreement with KPO has been signed in this matter. There is an electromobility fund, we moved it from a grant to preferential loans. A decision must be made whether such an investment is profitable for Poland. And the question is, what kind of cars should they be? There may be Izera as a Chinese assembly plant, or Izera with a Chinese component, but also with a large share of Polish subcontractors – said the minister.

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, the general contractor of the Izera factory was selected. The Mirbud joint-stock company won the tender for the implementation of the ElectroMobility Poland investment in Jaworzno.

Mirbud has been specializing in, among others, for over 30 years. in industrial construction. A letter of intent was signed with ElectroMobility Poland, which concluded the successive process of selecting the general contractor of the Izera electric car factory.

In the signed agreement, both parties expressed their will to carry out comprehensive construction works in the Jaworzniki Economic Area (Silesian Voivodeship) and then put the construction facilities of the electric car factory into use. We write more about this in the text below.

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