Poland presents Partnership Agreement for cohesion funds - PM

"Formally it is an agreement between Poland and the EU, but we want it to be, from the social point of view, an agreement between the Polish state, the EU and Polish society, so that the discussed projects and programmes are most important from Poland's point of view," Morawiecki said. Albert Zawada/PAP

Poland on Monday presented a Partnership Agreement on the allocation of EU funds within the cohesion policy, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced.

"Today we are presenting the Partnership Agreement, which covers EUR 76 billion for the years 2021-2027, that is over PLN 350 billion, historic resources that are only part of the huge pool that Poland is entitled to. This is the lion's share of the funds that we have negotiated in Brussels, but now with a pharmacist's accuracy we must apply them in the economy, in our infrastructure," Morawiecki said.

He added that the agreement will be consulted as widely as possible.

"Formally it is an agreement between Poland and the EU, but we want it to be, from the social point of view, an agreement between the Polish state, the EU and Polish society, so that the discussed projects and programmes are most important from Poland's point of view," Morawiecki said.

He added that the mechanism is to help Poland in the next 10 years have a chance to catch up with the EU average, "at least to the level of 95 percent of the EU average, and maybe even up to 100 percent of the EU average, to catch up with the most developed countries, and some of the southern ones, such as Italy or Spain, perhaps even overtake them," he said.

Morawiecki told a press conference the funds wold be allocated to infrastructural investments, innovation, environmental protection, and protecting the health service. The funds will be spent on roads, railways, renewable energy, waste management, thermo-modernisation and the development of rural areas.

The prime minister said the funds would be used to protect the economy and create jobs so that young people could find work in Poland and would not feel the need to emigrate. He said the government wanted to gather the opinions of individual regions and that the money would be dispersed according to regions' wealth, which is why the document is to go to consultation.

He explained that on Monday the Agreement would be posted to the Finance Ministry's website and that consultations with the regions would commence on Tuesday, starting with the southern province of Silesia and ending on February 16 with the northern Kujawsko-pomorskie.

Morawiecki went on to say the development funds would help kick-start the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, so that in this and coming years Poland would have among the strongest economic growth in the EU. He said in the first line of priority would be projects to be launched in February and March, financed by national funds and that the EU component would commence only after several months.

Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński told the press conference that of the funds earmarked for post-pandemic recovery, 30 percent would go towards the so-called Green Deal and 25 percent on the digital agenda, in line with European Commission conditions.