European Commission releases 137 billion euros in blocked funds for Poland

The European Commission will release 137 billion euros of blocked funds to Poland starting next week after the country showed improvement under its new government. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced this on Friday during a press conference in Warsaw.

The European Commission is "impressed" by the efforts of Poland's government under newly elected prime minister Donald Tusk. The College of European Commissioners will release 137 billion euros in resources from the recovery fund and the European cohesion fund, Von der Leyen said during the press conference in which Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo was also present. “The action plan is a strong statement, a clear roadmap based on reforms that will take immediate steps on legal dependency," Von der Leyen stated.

Tusk responded, saying, "This is a very important signal. I hope it is understood everywhere in Europe and the world." Tusk's pro-European government hopes to repair its relationship with the EU and restore the rule of law in its country following the previous nationalist government, PiS. During the former prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki's tenure, the European Commission went to the Court of Justice several times and withheld billions of euros from the NextgenerationEU recovery plan intended for Poland.

Earlier this week, the Polish government proposed an action plan aiming to end the rule of law dispute between the EU and Poland, which began under the previous administration.

Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo, prime minister of Poland Donald Tusk and European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen at a press conference in Warsaw ©BELGA PHOTO BENOIT DOPPAGNE

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