Implementation of the corrective programme for EU funds 2007-2013

In connection with the risk of the failure to use up the pool of the EU funds available to Poland for the years 2007-2013, the government intensively implements “Correction Programme for Cohesion Policy Funds 2007-2013”. When the government changed, there were still approx. PLN 40 billion (EUR 9 billion) to account for.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

As a result of a review of the programmes and expenses from 2007-2013 perspective, it turned out that approx. PLN 40 billion is at risk. It is an amount comparable to the state’s deficit of the government spending for defence or the educational system - Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a Tuesday press conference at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He added that the Ministry of Development has assigned the top priority to the work aimed at saving the EU funds. We cannot lose them. Today, just before the finishing line, our priority is to use up as much EU funds as possible – Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki pointed out. 

Deputy Minister of Development Jerzy Kwieciński, who attended the conference, emphasises that the corrective programme was prepared during a few days. – It was formally adopted on 8 December – the deputy minister informed. He also presented a set of actions which contributed to faster spending of the EU Funds. Some of them are new proposals both of the Polish side and the European Commission (e.g. change of the basis for certification, ensuring a possibility of signing subsidy agreements in 2016 for already completed projects, increasing the subsidy for projects to 85%). Some solutions are already used, but at a much smaller scale. These are, for example, increasing the over-contracting level (i.e. signing agreements for a bigger amount that the total amount of funds available), transfer of funds to the so-called financial instruments (repayable laid), acceleration of the process of submitting applications for payment to the EC.

Thanks to the actions proposed, it is possible to implement such projects, as the Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies (CEZAMAT), purchase of rolling stock manufactured by Bydgoszcz-based PESA, creation and recapitalisation of Innovation Support Loan Fund (PARP) and Guarantee Fund (BGK), or Bridge Alfa project – the seed fund for research and development project in NCBiR.

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