Poland could receive over EUR 157.5 bln from EU - PM
Poland could receive over PLN 700 billion (EUR 157.5 billion) from the EU's Economic Recovery Fund and the new EU budgetary perspective, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the polstanews.pl portal on Friday.
On Thursday, Morawiecki took part in a meeting of the leaders of the Visegrad Group (V4, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary) in Lednice, in the Czech region of Moravia, devoted to the European Recovery Fund project. In the PM's view, additional funds could mean clear economic growth being noted by the end of the year.
Morawiecki said that during the Visegrad summit, "we managed to persuade our partners of the conception that it is an important fund that will serve to rebuild the member states and the whole of Europe at a time when we very much need positive financial stimuli." In his opinion, "it is very valuable that the V4 maintain its cohesion in full."
The prime minister also stated that Poland is ready to support approval of the Economic Recovery Fund "to the extent that it will fulfil our expectations and needs."
"Above all it is important to us that money from the fund reinforce the common agricultural policy and cohesion policy. We will also strive for a significant pool of funds for energy transformation," he said, explaining that all this was contained in the fund's "assumptions."
According to the Polish PM, "the sooner the Economic Recovery Fund comes into force the better."
"There is a chance that by the autumn of this year we will manage to finalise those plans and real, anticipated help on the part of the EU will become a fact," he said. "We will do everything to make that happen."
Speaking to the polstanews.pl portal, Morawiecki said Poland could receive "a large, unprecedented amount, that will support our budget in the coming years."
"When it comes to the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, negotiations are going very well," he said.
"The total sum could exceed PLN 700 billion (EUR 157.5 billion)," he explained. "That's significantly more than our predecessors were able to get for Poland. Negotiations are not easy of course, but in European politics, avenues lined with roses are only for those who withdraw from fighting for the interests of their countries."