Poland gets money – and cooperates on prosecutors

Poland gets money and cooperates on prosecutors



full screen Happy faces when Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (left) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw last week. Stock photo. Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP/TT

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised positive monetary news to Poland last week – and has now kept her word.

On Thursday, the European Commission determined that Poland meets the requirements to start receiving money from the EU’s large support fund after the corona pandemic. Thus, an initial payment of 6.3 billion euros (around 70 billion kroner) can take place within the next few weeks. In total, Poland has applied for EUR 25 billion in grants and EUR 34 billion in loans from the fund.

The go-ahead is also given to begin disbursing other EU money to Poland that has been withheld due to concerns about the independence of the judiciary in the country. Here, Poland is expected to shortly receive approximately EUR 600 million. In total, it is about 76.5 billion euros for the period 2021-27 that have been locked.

At the same time, Poland has also announced that it wants to join the EU’s prosecutorial cooperation Eppo. This means that now only Sweden, Hungary, Denmark and Ireland are outside Eppo.