Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy, announced that Poland has met the conditions to obtain EUR 76 billion. The RMF FM correspondent asked the representative of the European Commission for a comment, and he admitted that our country has not yet met all three conditions on which the payment is dependent.
The Minister of Funds and Regional Policy, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, wrote on social media on Friday evening that Poland will soon receive more money from the structural funds. “We have confirmation from the European Commission – Poland meets the last three conditions necessary for the full mobilization of structural funds – EUR 76 billion for the implementation of programs until 2027.” – she announced via the X platform.
What about EUR 76 billion?
However, the Brussels correspondent of RMF FM received information that so far the European Commission has not confirmed that Poland meets the three conditions necessary to launch cohesion funds worth EUR 76 billion (from the budget for 2021-2027). For now, Poland has taken the first step regarding the first condition for payment, which concerns the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, i.e. ensuring an appeal procedure (the possibility of filing complaints), and therefore the independence of the judiciary. On Wednesday, Warsaw sent the so-called self-esteem.
“Poland officially informed the Commission that, in its opinion, it has met the necessary condition in the area of judicial independence,” European Commission spokesman Stefan de Keersmaecker told RMF FM. The EC is now examining the application and must decide whether Poland meets the condition regarding the independence of the judiciary. The decision will be made within 3 months at the latest.
Poland must meet two more conditions
To unlock the money, the Polish authorities must meet two more conditions that determine the payment in the areas of transport and health care. The Commission looks forward to a transport investment plan (implementation of “comprehensive transport planning”) and plans for investment needs in the health sector (“strategic policy framework for health and long-term care”). Talks are ongoing between Poland and the European Commission on these matters; these conditions are not yet met.
Politicians of the ruling party have already started to divide PLN 76 billion, the quick payment of which was announced by Minister Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. – Ultimately, this money will go to the Polish economy. These are funds needed for investments, and these have been at a very low level in recent years. We are, of course, waiting for funds from the KPO, which Poland also deserves and is very much needed. On Monday, we held talks in Brussels regarding EU funds. I am an optimist – said the head of the Ministry of Finance, Andrzej Domański, in Thursday’s “Fakty po Faktach”. – These are very important measures from the point of view of long-term competitiveness – he noted.