Polish post-pandemic projects under threat over EU delays in releasing funds

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Warsaw last week bringing glad tidings of EU funds for Poland being unblocked. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Out of the 56 investment projects to be funded from the post-pandemic allocation from Brussels, 43 may not be realized by Aug. 31, 2026, the cut-off point for refinancing from the EU, according to an estimate made by CRIDO consultants. 

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen came to Warsaw and said that all the EU funds due to Poland will now be unblocked, but just because they are unblocked may not mean that they will actually all be spent. 

The post-pandemic fund operational program for Poland is composed of 56 investment projects and 55 reforms to be funded with €59.8 billion provided by the EU. 

According to CRIDO, Poland’s delays in receiving EU money mean that in the healthcare sector, 98 percent of planned activities are under threat, including investment into digitalization and pharmaceuticals.  

CRIDO urges for the operational program to be amended, but the problem is that the process of preparing such revisions and getting them accepted by Brussels would require several months. Either way, the amounts promised may turn out to be money that never materializes for the Polish public.

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