Talks with Poland on National Recovery Plan continue EC says

A spokesperson for the European Commission (EC) has said no date has been set for the end of talks between Poland and the EC on the Polish National Recovery Plan.

The National Recovery Plan lays out how Poland intends to spend up to some EUR 58.1 billion, including EUR 23.9 billion in grants and EUR 34.2 billion in loans, in EU funding intended to help the country recover from the effects of the Covid pandemic.

Poland submitted its draft of the plan to the EC on May 3 and it requires the approval of the EU before the funds can be accessed.

Dana Spinant told reporters in Brussels on Monday that the EC had not yet evaluated the Polish plan, and that no date has been set for the end of talks.

At the beginning of September, European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni appeared to suggest that negotiations between Brussels and Warsaw on the plan were being drawn out by Poland calling into question the primacy of European Union law over national legislation in a case regarding changes to the Polish judicial system.

Last week, Polish European Minister Konrad Szymanski said that the EC had no grounds to delay its decision regarding the Polish plan, and added that the EC "has been acting with no legal basis."

"Poland, just like several other countries, has received no funds. ...The Polish Recovery Programme is being debated on behalf of the Polish government by Deputy Minister of Funds Waldemar Buds," he added.

Szymanski has also expressed hope that Poland will receive the funds before the end of the year.