Poland may withdraw from EU recovery scheme says dep minister

The deputy foreign minister went on to say that Poland was considering whether to bring the case before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to force the EC to pay out the money. Rafał Guz/PAP

Poland may pull out of an agreement on an EU post-pandemic recovery scheme, if it fails to get its share of the funding, a deputy foreign minister has said.

Under the deal with the European Commission (EC), Poland has agreed to make changes to its judicial system to meet the EU's rule-of-law requirements to get access to EU grants and cheap loans.

The government has compiled a National Recovery Plan (KPO) detailing how it would spend the money.

Warsaw says it has already fulfilled all the conditions, known as 'milestones' in EU terminology, but Brussels maintains it has not and therefore has blocked Polish access to the funding.

"At this stage we're focusing on getting the money and facilitate a situation where the money is viable," Marcin Przydacz told the private radio broadcaster RMF FM on Monday, referring to some EUR 35 billion from the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility that Poland stands to receive.

"If this proves impossible, withdrawing from the cooperation altogether is not out of the question," Przydacz added.

Przydacz also said that "a part of the money is in loans, so there is no way for us to guarantee these loans if we have no possibility to use the funds."

The deputy foreign minister went on to say that Poland was considering whether to bring the case before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to force the EC to pay out the money.

"We'll be carrying out the projects included in the KPO, and then we'll send invoices or requests to Brussels to get the money to cover those projects," Przydacz said. "If there is no money, we'll go to court."