The real date of payment of funds from the Reconstruction Fund for Poland is the end of this year, probably December – Maciej Sokołowski, a TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, learned from sources in the European Commission. EC officials also emphasize that any change to the regulations that does not comply with the “milestones” will immediately stop payments.
the European Commission gave a positive opinion Polish National Reconstruction Plan. However, the Commission made it clear that, before making any disbursements from the Reconstruction Fund, Poland must demonstrate that it has met “milestones”, including the rule of law.
Maciej Sokołowski, a correspondent of TVN24 in Brussels, found out from sources in the Commission what the next steps in this matter look like.
Officials said that an “operational agreement” has yet to be worked out, which will define the rules on which the implementation of the “milestones” by Poland will be assessed. This process may take several weeks and – as the sources in the European Commission said – it will probably not be until September that Poland will be able to send an application for a disbursement from the Fund.
This application will also take time. The commission has two months to consider it and, according to officials Sokołowski spoke to, it usually uses all this time. As a result, the realistic date of disbursement of funds from the Reconstruction Fund is the end of the year, probably December.
Source: Any change to the rules that does not match the milestones will stop payouts immediately
As the TVN24 correspondent learned, the European Commission made a reservation that any changes to the regulations that do not comply with the “milestones” will immediately suspend payments from the Reconstruction Fund.
In addition, the sources said, an additional “milestone” is introduced at the end of 2023 to assess the process of verifying decisions issued by the unrecognized Disciplinary Chamber during its operation.
However, the National Reconstruction Plan is not designed to resolve all issues related to the rule of law in Poland, therefore – as Sokołowski learned from sources – the Commission “did not want to abuse this mechanism and exceed its capabilities.” Therefore, it decided to raise only the matter of disciplinary liability of judges in Poland and their independence, and not, for example, issues related to the neo-NCJ.
Projected distribution of payments
The correspondent also learned about the distribution of payments for Poland forecast by the Commission:
– end of 2022 – EUR 3 billion in grants, EUR 1 billion in loans; – the first quarter of 2023 – EUR 3 billion in grants, EUR 1.5 billion in loans; – the third quarter of 2023 – EUR 2 billion in grants, EUR 1 billion in loans; – the first quarter of 2024 – EUR 2.8 billion in grants, EUR 1.2 billion in loans; – the third quarter of 2024 – EUR 2 billion in grants and EUR 1 billion in loans; – the first quarter of 2025 – EUR 2.5 billion in grants and EUR 1 billion in loans; – the third quarter of 2025 – EUR 2.1 billion in grants, EUR 1 billion in loans; – the first quarter of 2026 – EUR 2.8 billion in grants, EUR 1.2 billion in loans; – the third quarter of 2026 – EUR 4 billion in grants, EUR 1.5 billion in loans.
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