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The head of PO Donald Tusk goes to Brussels. He will meet, among others, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen

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Donald Tusk will fly to Brussels. According to the secretary general of the Civic Platform, Marcin Kierwiński, the PO leader “will meet there with the leaders of other European countries.” Tusk is to talk, among others, with Ursula von der Leyen and take part in the summit of the European People’s Party.

Last week – after the meeting of the national board of the Civic Platform – the head of the KO club Borys Budka informed that probably this Wednesday and Thursday Donald Tusk will pay a visit to Brussels, where he meets with the leaders of European countries.

Donald TuskPAP

“We have a lot of work to do in the European field”

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PO Secretary General, MP Marcin Kierwiński, said in an interview on Radio Plus on Monday that Tusk “will have meetings in Brussels, he will meet with the leaders of other European countries.” – In the European field, we have a lot to work on, eight years of PiS rule means destroying Poland’s position in the international arena. It’s good that Prime Minister Donald Tusk intends to use his numerous contacts to rebuild Poland’s image, he said.

The interviewer further asked Kierwiński whether Tusk was going to Brussels to unlock money under the National Recovery Plan. He recalled Tusk’s statement: “I make a solemn promise here, in Sopot, that the day after the elections I will go and unlock the money from the National Reconstruction Plan and we will all feel it.”

Kierwiński replied that the PO leader was going to Brussels “to talk about these measures.” – The money from the KPO was blocked by the inept PiS government and until this government lasts, there will be no real changes in terms of restoring the rule of law in Poland – he reminded.

He added that the PiS government “will become history in a few weeks.” – Then the new government will unlock the money from the KPO (…) without undue delay this money will go to Poles, because it was blocked by the PiS government and the PiS government is still blocking this money – he assured.

Tusk will talk to von der Leyen

As TVN24 correspondent Maciej Sokołowski found out, Tusk is to meet in Brussels on Wednesday, among others, with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

The summit of the European People’s Party will be held on Thursday. The head of the EPP, Manfred Weber, confirmed Donald Tusk’s presence there in an interview with an RMF FM correspondent. The summit is to be attended by, among others, the head of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, and the heads of government of Greece, Austria, Sweden, Croatia, Ireland and Romania.

Donald Tusk in Brussels Photo from October 19, 2019PAP/Leszek Szymański

Important milestones

After elections parliamentary elections, which took place on October 15, there are many indications that power in Poland will be taken over by the current opposition – Civic Coalition, Third Way (PSL and Poland 2050) and the Left. However, this does not mean that funds for the KPO will be released.

National Reconstruction Plan assumes that Poland is to receive almost EUR 36 billion in support from the European Union. The payment of these funds is strictly dependent on meeting certain, so-called requirements milestones. Milestones have been defined for all six KPO components.

READ MORE: Milestones in KPO – what are they and why are they so important? What has Poland committed to?

Payment of funds from the KPO is to be made in tranches. Only after verification that the indicated stones have been implemented (which the Polish government agreed to and negotiated) will subsequent tranches of EU money for Poland be released. First, it is necessary to achieve three milestones regarding the independence of the judiciary. It was announced that without this, Poland would not receive any funds under the KPO.

Deputy head of PO, mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski emphasized last week that unblocking funds from the KPO “will be an absolute priority” for a possible opposition government.

What next with EU money? The new government may have its hands tied Maciej Sokołowski/Fakty o Świecie TVN24 BiS

Main photo source: PAP/Leszek Szymański

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