17/02/2020 Monday

Over EUR 3 bln more in EU cohesion funds for Poland - minister

Szymański said that Poland will be the largest beneficiary of cohesion policy of all the member states. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański said on Monday that Poland had improved its position regarding the EU's cohesion policy by more than EUR 3 billion, counting it together with the country's participation in the reform support instrument.

An EU budget proposal for 2021-2027 prepared by European Council President Charles Michel has been positively received by Polish diplomats. While Michel has maintained general cuts in cohesion policy he has also proposed a modification thanks to which around EUR 6 billion will be transferred from richer countries to poorer ones.

"We will for sure receive more than the European Commission (EC) wanted," Szymański said "Poland has improved its situation since the beginning of these negotiations against initial unbalanced EC proposals.

Szymański added that Poland will be the largest beneficiary of cohesion policy of all the member states and noted that Poland had also improved its position regarding the agricultural policy by at least EUR 5 billion.