Tusk: Poland in 2022 will be among 20 richest countries in the world
January 9, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that in the year 2022 Poland will be among 20 richest countries in the world thanks to funds from the 2014-2020 EU budget pool.
"We assume that in 2022 Poland will certainly be among the 20 richest countries in the world," Tusk said. "At the time we should reach 80% of EU average in terms of GDP per capita thanks to funds from the 2014-2020 EU budget pool”, PM Tusk told a news conference.
The spending will be shaped in such way as to reduce poverty and help underdeveloped areas, Tusk added.
"We assume that by 2020, 1.5 million Poles will exit poverty," the PM said. "In 2020, the level of poverty in Poland will be lower than the EU average."
The focus will shift to reducing imbalances within regions rather than between regions, Tusk said. To that end, Poland will allocate PLN 8 billion to mid-sized towns, mostly to former capitals of provinces which lost the status due to the administrative reform conducted in late 1990s.
The spending will also help the poorest counties, even if they are a part of richer regions, Tusk said.
"We will create areas of strategic interventions to pull them out of the state of underdevelopment," Tusk said.
In other areas, Poland wants to reach EU average spending on R&D in 2022.
"At the end of this perspective, in 2022, we would like R&D spending to reach EU average, i.e. 2% of GDP," Tusk said. "Half of the money would come from budget, half from companies."