The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management has over PLN 300 million in unpaid subsidies from the Clean Air program – the Ministry of Climate announced on Thursday. At the same time, he assured that he was working intensively to solve the problem and find appropriate means.
The Ministry of Climate and Environment admitted on Thursday in a statement that the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management has over PLN 300 million in unpaid subsidies from the Clean Air program.
“The previous authorities did not secure financing for this important program, hence the suspension of funds disbursement by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management,” the statement said.
“Lack of imagination and living on credit”
It was stated that in the first week of January this year. the ministry received information from the Fund about arrears in payments of subsidies from the Clean Air program. “In the second half of the previous year, applications were accepted for implementation without financial cover. In mid-December 2023, payments were stopped due to the exhaustion of money in the National Fund for Environmental Protection and provincial funds,” it was explained. Paulina Hennig-Kloska, the head of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, quoted in the statement, stated that the described situation results from “PiS blocking funds from the KPO and non-implementation of other EU programs.”
– It’s a lack of imagination and living on credit. Poles are paying the bills for this irresponsible policy today, added Hennig-Kloska. Deputy Minister Urszula Zielińska assured that the ministry is working intensively to solve the problem. – We need to sort out the legal issues and find the money. Every week, the National Fund for Environmental Protection does not pay out approximately PLN 100 million, she added.
The Ministry said that “in the coming days” it will provide information on the status of work on unblocking the Clean Air program. As explained, delays in subsidy payments occurred in the first half of December. The problem primarily affected the provincial fund in Poznań, Łódź, Rzeszów and Wrocław. It was added, however, that all provincial funds have limitations on subsidy payments. It was also reported that 23,000 applications are currently waiting for consideration. applications, and the average value of the subsidy paid per co-financing agreement for the current recruitment process (from January 3, 2023) is PLN 41,000. zloty.
The largest anti-smog program
The Clean Air Program – with a budget of PLN 103 billion – is the largest anti-smog program in Poland. Owners of single-family houses can receive funds to replace non-ecological heat sources, as well as to improve the energy efficiency of the building, e.g. by insulating it. At the beginning of January, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management announced that over 758,000 applications had been submitted to the program. applications for a subsidy amount exceeding PLN 21 675 million. Over 647,000 were also signed. contracts for over PLN 17.1 billion in funding, and over PLN 8.5 billion was paid to beneficiaries.
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