At. The meeting between Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will begin at 9.30. It cannot be ruled out that the head of government will submit an application for the first payment of almost EUR 7 billion from the KPO.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk is to talk to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the summit in Brussels today. The meeting was supposed to start at 8:30, but it was postponed until 9:30. According to RMF FM’s Brussels correspondent, Katarzyna Szymańska-Borginon, decisions should be expected that will give Poland the opportunity to obtain a total of almost EUR 140 billion from the cohesion funds (EUR 76 billion by 2027) and zKPO (EUR 60 billion).
Will there be a breakthrough regarding KPO?
The journalist’s interlocutors at the European Commission expect that the head of the Polish government will today submit an application for the first payment of almost EUR 7 billion from the KPO. It will be supported by a number of actions to restore the rule of law. This concerns judicial acts, as well as – due to fears that President Andrzej Duda may veto them – “alternative actions” such as Poland’s accession to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
– The payment application is, of course, the decision of the Polish government, but it has great confidence in us, because we all know that it really wants to restore the rule of law in Poland – says the radio station’s interlocutor from the European Commission.
RMF FM reports that the new Polish government wants the “ball in the EC’s court regarding the KPO” to be in the EC’s court when the first application is submitted. From the submission of the application, the Commission will have two months to evaluate it. Then it must be approved by the EU Council bodies and payment may be made. . It is also about the fact that each country can submit only two applications for KPO payment per year, so by submitting this year, Poland has the opportunity to submit two more applications next year. Meanwhile, the funds must be spent by 2026, otherwise they will perish.