No date has as yet been set for the end of discussions between Poland and the European Commission (EC) regarding the Polish National Recovery Plan, according to an EC spokesperson.
The plan outlines how Poland will utilise up to €58.1 billion in EU funding, including €23.9 billion in grants and €34.2 billion in loans, aiming to help the country rally from the Covid crisis.
The draft of the National Recovery Plan was submitted to the EC in May and requires European Union approval before the funds can be accessed.
The EC’s spokesperson Dana Spinant said on Monday that Poland’s plan hasn’t as yet been evaluated by the Commission, and no date has been established for the talks to come to an end.
At the beginning of this month, European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni indicated negotiations between Brussels and Warsaw were being prolonged by Poland questioning the primacy of European Union law over national legislation, regarding a case involving changes to Poland’s judicial system.
Polish European Minister Konrad Szymanski said last week that the European Commission had no grounds to postpone its decision regarding Poland’s recovery plan, going on to add that the EC "has been acting with no legal basis."
"Poland, just like several other countries, has received no funds. ...The Polish Recovery Programme is being debated on behalf of the Polish government by Deputy Minister of Funds Waldemar Buds," he stated.
Furthermore, Szymanski said he hopes Poland will receive the funding before the end of this year.
The Constitutional Tribunal adjourned a case on whether the Polish constitution takes precedence over EU law until 30 September.
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