EU grants Poland EUR 3 bln to combat COVID-19 epidemic

Poland has already received EUR 3 bn under the subsidies from the EU to fight the coronavirus epidemic and introduce economic aid programmes, the Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said on Monday.

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"The anti-virus package is worth PLN 13.4 bn. We use this money to fight the coronavirus directly, for example by supporting hospitals, nursing homes, the police or fire brigades”, the minister said, adding that part of the funds will also be allocated to anti-crisis solutions for business and the economy.

She noted that the subsidies will also complement the government's anti-crisis shield, a series of economic packages financially supporting Polish companies and entrepreneurs.

Ms Jarosinska-Jedynak added that the latest solution in the anti-crisis package is a working capital subsidy for companies worth at least PLN 3 billion (EUR 665 million).

On Saturday, the minister pointed out that approximately PLN 30 - 40 bn (EUR 6.6 - 8.8 bn) from the EU cohesion policy under the budget for 2014-2020 was left, and most of that sum would be earmarked for bolstering the economy and aid for healthcare workers. She stated that “all the money currently spent on the economy has an anti-crisis character”.