Better only than Malta

13-09-2007, 07:06

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) - Poland spent only 27 per cent from the EU help fund, as report the alarmed experts.

The situation is better but still not good enough. According to the Spanish experts' report our country may have problems with making use of the EU support. Up to June 2007 Poland spent only 27 per cent of EUR 4.2 billion available from the Integrity Fund for the period 2004-2006. The absorption by Poland remains on a critical level when compared with the other EU members. Only Malta is worse in ratings, as states the report commissioned by the Budget Control Committee of the European Parliament.
 
Even Bulgaria and Romania are doing better. At the same time the Union average is 48 per cent. Therefore, the expertsbargue, Poland is facing the loss of some funds, especially those on transport and improvement of enterprise competitiveness. In total nearly EUR 344m might be at stake by the end of 2007, including EUR 215m for the first and EUR 128m for the latter.
 
The experts, however, stress that the absorption both of the Integrity Fund and the European Fund for Regional Development was particularly low in the years 2004 and 2005, but it improved significantly in 2006.
 
This gives some hope for the future, comment the authors of the report.
 
As the main reasons for the poor use of help they mention the lack of qualified personnel and their fluctuation. They suggest that the staff dealing with the absorption should not only be more numerous, but also better paid, so that the professionals would not quit their jobs.
 
(EUR 1 - PLN 3.77)

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