Poland will get first pandemic funds from EU in several months says PM

Morawiecki made reference to the expected payment dates in Henrykow, south-western Poland, on Saturday, as part of a roadshow the ruling party has started recently to promote its policies. Maciej Kulczyński/PAP

Poland will receive the first payments from the EU's post-pandemic recovery funds in late 2022 or early 2023, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.

Originally designed for 2021-27, Poland's EU-funded National Recovery Plan (KPO) is worth EUR 35.4 billion, including EUR 23.9 billion in grants and EUR 11.5 billion in loans.

Morawiecki made reference to the expected payment dates in Henrykow, south-western Poland, on Saturday, as part of a roadshow the ruling party has started recently to promote its policies.

"I think that the first KPO tranches will come at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year," the prime minister said.

"But, what's important, we've already started KPO projects," he added, referring to the government's decision to commence some schemes using state budget funds.

The European Commission has officially confirmed the EU executive's long-awaited approval of Poland's National Recovery Plan (KPO), which will enable conditional release of billions of euros in grants and loans to the country. The approval came in the wake of Poland's concessions in a rule-of-law dispute, including the liquidation of a contested disciplinary panel for judges at the Supreme Court.