What about KPO’s money? The government gave the answer “95 percent”

The probability that money from the National Reconstruction Plan (KPO) and the structural funds will reach Poland this six months is 95%, estimates the Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. She also emphasized that fully utilizing KPO funds would be difficult “because we have little time.”

– This uncertainty accompanies every strategic undertaking. Something completely unexpected can always happen. There can never be 100% certainty in predictions unless one believes in his or her divine abilities. I don’t have that, so I always take a certain degree of uncertainty into account. You must always remain modest. However, I assure you that everything is moving in the right direction. On behalf of Poland, I have applied for the first tranche of the €6.9 billion FPA, and we are also on track to obtain authorization from the Cohesion Funds to refinance the first pool of applications. Good decisions for Poland will be made in the coming months, Pełczyńska-Nałęcz said in an interview with Business Insider Polska.

“The End of the Chilling Effect”

As he added, appropriate bills will be prepared, submitted to legislative work in Parliament and ultimately signed by the President.

– Are they signed? Don’t know. We want to have a dialogue with the aim of reaching an agreement, but laws are not everything. This is somewhat forgotten, but there is a whole spectrum of non-legal activities that are very important, both for the rule of law in Poland and for the reception of these activities by the European Commission. The regulations and actions of the Minister of Justice are important. Brussels already sees the end of the so-called chilling effect and stigmatization of judges. The Polish legal system cannot operate according to political guidelines. The change in the way we operate brings us closer to receiving EU funds, perhaps even more than strict legal and statutory changes, the minister added.

What’s next for KPO?

The politician emphasized that the government would act comprehensively, and the European Commission received information on the actions already taken by the ministries and on action plans.

“This includes, for example, a review of all disciplinary matters and matters related to immunities or the renewed expansion of the powers of the self-government of judges. All these decisions are made without the need for legislative changes and will be important,” Pełczyńska said. – Nałęcz noted.

She also emphasized that fully utilizing KPO funds would be difficult “because we have little time.”

Pełczyńska-Nałęcz: We lost two years

– We have lost two years because of the previous government, which did not prepare appropriate investments, and in many places there is no legal framework. That is why we have started a thorough review of the KPO to select the investments that will be finalized in 2026. This is the deadline we must meet, the minister said.

She said that when it comes to the KPO, “we are now thoroughly analyzing the entire document” point by point.

– We will have a package of changes ready in the coming weeks. Some investments will remain, others will be adjusted, and some will probably have to be abandoned because investing in them will only lead to us burning through the money. We will submit the documents to the Prime Minister for decision-making, and then we will sit down with the European Commission to negotiate the revision of the KPO. We hope that this will happen soon, so that we can start spending money on better prepared projects, the head of the ministry said.

KPO is a program from which Poland will receive EUR 59.8 billion (PLN 268 billion), of which EUR 25.3 billion (PLN 113.3 billion) in the form of grants and EUR 34.5 billion (PLN 154.8 billion) in the form of preferential loans.

Source: Do Rzeczy

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