EU cohesion ministers support Polish proposals to fight coronavirus

European Union ministers responsible for cohesion policy support solutions proposed by Poland for the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, the Ministry for Funds and Regional Policy announced on Friday.

The ministry said that a videoconference had been held on Friday during which the EU member states' ministers responsible for carrying out cohesion policy discussed possible EU responses to the social and economic needs related to the pandemic.

The ministry stated that Minister for Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, who participated in the videoconference, appreciated the initiative to-date of the European Commission (EC), the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII), however she considers actions so far to be insufficient. "We expect further changes and that our next package will be agreed immediately," she said, as quoted in a ministry press release.

Poland proposes further changes enabling the carrying out of projects and the inflow of finance related to the investment of EU funds. The release said the proposals had found allies among other member states. It has been agreed that key proposed changes be forwarded to the EC so that work on them can start as soon as possible.