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POLAND: Current EU funds at risk

Minister of Development and Investment Jerzy Kwieiciński has signalled that Poland could lose EUR 1.2 billion of EU regional funds. The Lublin, Podlasie, and Warmian-Masurian voivodeships have been identified by the Ministry as indolently operating funds. Great disparities in the use of EU funding have been found between certain regions of Poland. Minister Kwieciński has already addressed the Marshals of these voivodeships and urged them to take immediate action to facilitate a better consumption of available funds. The regions will have to fully finalise certain investment projects by the end of 2018.

Jerzy Kwieciński quickly began fulfilling his ministry’s mission of facilitating investment in Poland. If certain regions are not able to successfully coordinate the expenditure of EU money, a negative message may potentially be conveyed to Brussels. Poland is one of the major beneficiaries of the bloc’s funding, however, if they are not used, they may be considered unnecessary. Poland will already be struggling to negotiate the same level of financial assistance in the upcoming post-2020 budget talks and will need to prove that further support is necessary for development. Moreover, as Kwieciński also noted, a standstill in investment projects in the year of local elections is not desirable.