These are huge amounts that non-governmental organizations or startup teams often cannot count on – said Róża Rzeplińska from the “I have the right to know” website on TVN24, who referred to the new arrangements for subsidies from the National Center for Research and Development. In “You get up and you know” she pointed out that it is necessary to look at which projects were rejected at the competition stage.
Members of the Civic Coalition Dariusz Joński and Michał Szczerba revealed further facts about subsidy from the National Center for Research and Development. A subsidy of PLN 55 million was allocated to a 26-year-old who founded the company after the announcement of the recruitment for the competition with a share capital of PLN 5,000, and PLN 123 million to a company from Białystok, which – as determined by the deputies – since its establishment in 2020, which loss-making year.
Last week Central Anti-Corruption Bureau started an inspection at the National Center for Research and Development. The deputies also submitted an application for control to the Supreme Audit Office and notified the EU institution for combating fraud, OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office).
Rzeplińska: This is a very frustrating situation for representatives of NGOs
This case was commented on TVN24 by Róża Rzeplińska from the website “I have the right to know”. – For representatives of NGOs, this is a very frustrating situation. On a daily basis, those who deal with workshops, aid work or meeting special educational needs encounter the fact that they lack money for basic needs, for example to pay for staff – she pointed out.
She added that “sometimes it is also transport, renovation or buying teaching aids”. – If, for example, someone runs a day care center, these are simply places where a lot of students come and these spaces simply wear out – she emphasized.
– I am talking about spaces on purpose, because we are talking about premises that have been purchased, and for which I am not sure whether people under the age of 18, who are managed by the education department, will actually be able to use it effectively and how much of this money could be transferred to projects that would be wider – she assessed.
“The question is who was rejected at the competition stage”
Referring to the findings of the members of the Civic Coalition regarding the subsidy from the NCBR, she said that “the issue that journalists are now investigating is what will happen to this money now”. – If we know from experts’ assessments that these projects are simply useless, i.e. they are not able to achieve the goals set there, because the teams that submitted these applications do not present a plan for their implementation, what about these money? Rzeplinska wondered.
– These are huge amounts that non-governmental organizations or startup teams often cannot count on. The question is who was rejected at the competition stage. Perhaps there were projects that were innovative, were supposed to make a specific branch of the economy in Poland develop, and were rejected in favor of two projects that were negatively assessed by experts – she added.
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