Polish gov't facilitates spending of EU funds on coronavirus fight

The Polish government on Tuesday adopted a bill that makes it easier to use EU funds to fight coronavirus, the PM's Office said on its website.

The new rules streamline the implementation and settlement of EU-funded projects and speed up re-use of idle funds, according to the rationale of the legislation.

The rationale statement also says that due to the amount of available EU funds, which exceeds PLN 3 bln (EUR 660 mln), it is reasonable to incorporate them into the package of Polish solutions aimed to mitigate the impact of the deadly virus on Polish companies.

In general, the bill will affect tens of thousands of projects carried out under the EU's 2014-2020 operational programmes whose implementation is threatened by the spread of the Covid-19 disease.