The European Commission (EC) has approved a Polish aid programme for farmers worth PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 346 million) to support agricultural producers disrupted by Russia's war with Ukraine.
Poland has offered Italy assistance to combat against massive floods that have seriously affected the northern part of the country.
The European Commission is expected to approve next week a second tranche of assistance for farmers, who have suffered losses caused by the import of Ukrainian grain, Poland's permanent representative to the EU has said.
Poland is one of five “frontline” EU states that will apply to the European Commission (EC) for an increase in financial support for farmers suffering from problems caused by a glut of Ukrainian agricultural produce on their markets, the Polish agriculture minister said on Friday.
The government is proposing 'an agricultural shield', an aid package to help Polish farmers who have incurred losses caused by the import of Ukrainian grain, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has announced.
During a visit to Vienna on Friday, Andrzej Duda, Poland's president, called on Austria to increase its level of aid for Ukraine.
The amount of EU and state aid paid to Polish farmers affected by increased agricultural imports from Ukraine will exceed PLN 1 billion (EUR 210 million), the EU’s agriculture commissioner has told PAP.
A Polish citizen fighting for Ukraine has been killed and two other Poles seriously wounded, a member of the government has said.
The total aid given by Poland to Ukraine last year amounted to some PLN 30 billion (EUR 6.4 bln), the Polish finance minister has said.
Poland welcomes an agreement reached by 18 countries to collectively buy ammunition to help Ukraine fight against Russian aggression, the Polish president's chief aide has said.