Left will back EU recovery fund - MP
The Left will vote for ratifying the EU's Recovery Fund for pandemic-hit national economies at a Tuesday vote in the Sejm (lower house), one of the party's MPs said on Tuesday morning.
Anna Maria Zukowska said the decision followed the government's inclusion of The Left's proposals in a National Recovery Plan recently submitted to the European Commission.
"The Left's comments to the National Recovery Plan have been take into consideration, and it was sent to the European Commission in this form. Therefore, we will vote for the ratification in the Sejm," Zukowska told Onet Radio.
All EU countries must submit a National Rcovery Plan for their economies if they want to gain access to the multi-billion euro Recovery Fund aid package.
On May 4, the Sejm is set to discuss a government draft law on ratifying an increase in the EU's own funds related to the Recovery Fund. The borrowing process by the EU for the fund cannot start until the ratification has taken place.
Under the National Recovery Plan, Poland could receive some EUR 58.1 billion in grants and loans, including over EUR 34 billion this year from the fund.
Law and Justice, the dominant party in Poland’s United Right coalition, has struggled to win support for the plan from Solidary Poland, one of its junior allies, which claims the plan threatens Polish sovereignty and so will vote against it. In a move to side-step Solidary Poland's blockade, Law and Justice turned to The Left for support, which it secured after talks lasting until Sunday.