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POLAND: EU Solidarity Funds
The European Commission is proposing a subsidy of EUR 12 mln for Poland. The subsidy comes from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) and is intended to contribute to Poland’s expenses that came as a result of natural disasters which occurred in August 2017. Violent storms and heavy rainfall destroyed thousands of hectares of forests and crops, as well as transport and energy infrastructure – the Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Pomeranian and Greater Poland districts were most affected. The funds can be used to cover clearing operations in forests and for the restoration of infrastructure. In 2017, the Ministry of Interior calculated that these costs would amount to PLN 1.38 billion – a serious strain for the state budget. Poland applied for funding in October 2017. According to EU regulations countries can apply for a a maximum 2,5% of the damage calculations – depending on exchange rates, Poland is to receive approximately the maximal financial aid. Funding still has to be approved by the European Parliament. Though, it is not intended for private property or property covered by insurance it will bring financial relief to local governments, and contribute to the development of the regions, which are still struggling to fully recover from the disasters.