Billions for Eastern Poland
August 29, 2014
Provinces in eastern Poland, some of the poorest in the country, will receive more than 10 billion euros in European Union funds under the bloc’s new budget for 2014-2020.
The money will be spent to increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized businesses and to improve public transport, roads and railways.
“At the end of May, after negotiations with Poland, the European Commission approved a partnership agreement of which this program [called Eastern Poland 2014-2020] is part,” Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure and development Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska (pictured) told reporters. “Currently, we are discussing the specific provisions of the program with the Commission.”
Bieńkowska said the government treats the development of eastern regions of the country as a priority. The Eastern Poland 2014-2020 program will cover Lubelskie, podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Świętokrzyskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie provinces.
According to Bieńkowska, the total amount of EU funds earmarked for Poland’s eastern provinces in 2014-2020 will be even greater than in the previous seven-year period. “Exclusively for this part of Poland we have set aside 10.65 billion euros in money from the Eastern Poland program and regional programs,” Bieńkowska said. Under the EU’s previous budget, the sum was 7.27 billion euros.