PM pledges EUR 112,000 for investment in every Polish municipality

Morawiecki said that "we need a president that has suggested it, a president that passes balls to the government, and not an ideological assailant who trips the government up, we need close cooperation." Sebastian Borowski/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday vowed to transfer at least PLN 500,000 (EUR 112,000) to each of all 2,477 municipalities under an investment scheme suggested by President Andrzej Duda.

The prime minister announced the plan at a meeting with local government officials in the south-western city of Wrocław.

"Yesterday, thanks to motions and proposals of PiS (the right-wing ruling party - PAP) parliamentarians, we discussed and we're adopting in parliament an investment shield for local governments as suggested by PiS. Each of all 380 counties, each of all 2,477 municipalities will receive investment aid," Morawiecki said.

Referring to the ongoing presidential campaign in which the PiS government supports the incumbent president, Andrzej Duda, Morawiecki said that "we need a president that has suggested it, a president that passes balls to the government, and not an ideological assailant who trips the government up, we need close cooperation."

Duda's main contender in the June 28 presidential ballot is the centrist Civic Coalition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski.

Later in the day, Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said at a press conference in the southern city of Katowice that the solutions adopted by the lower house on Friday translated into PLN 5 bln (EUR 1.12 bln) for municipalities and PLN 1 bln (EUR 220 mln) for counties.

"PLN 5 bln for municipalities will be divided proportionally to local investments planned and the level of prosperity. The lowest subsidy will be PLN 0.5 mln per municipality and it will be offered mainly to rural ones. The highest level will be PLN 93 mln (EUR 20.8 mln)," Emilewicz said.

"This PLN 5 bln constitutes about 10 percent of the value of all investments carried out by Polish municipalities," Emilewicz added.

"In the case of counties, the lowest level will also be PLN 0.5 mln, and the highest - PLN 20 mln (EUR 4.5 mln)," she said.

Emilewicz also appealed to the Senate for speedy processing of the legislation.