Poland to get up to 137 bln euros in funds, says EU chief

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

© APA | Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

# 23 February 2024 19:58 (UTC +04:00)

Poland will gain access to up to 137 billion euros ($148 billion) in European Union funds, the head of the EU executive said on Friday, after the new government in Warsaw began implementing reforms it says will restore judicial independence in the country, APA reports citing Reuters.

Unblocking the cash was a promise made by Prime Minister Donald Tusk's pro-European coalition government, and gaining access to it will provide an investment boost for an economy that has been buffeted by the fallout of the war in Ukraine and is weighed down by weakness in big trading partner Germany.

"I have good news," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference in Warsaw.

"Next week the college will come forward with two decisions on European funds that are currently blocked for Poland. These decisions will lead to up to 137 billion euros for Poland," she said, referring to the EU's college of commissioners, the bloc's cabinet.

Poland will gain access to around 60 billion euros in funds designed to help countries bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and transition away from fossil fuels.

Warsaw will also be able to tap around 76.5 billion euros in cohesion funds designed to help raise living standards in the European Union's poorest members.

"It's a ton of money, we will use it well," Tusk said.