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Poland will benefit from 160 billion euros from the EU’s post-pandemic stimulus package after EU leaders reach agreement on the stimulus package and the EU’s next common budget during a marathon summit in Brussels, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday morning.

The sum includes more than 124 billion euros in non-repayable grants, around 34 billion euros in low-interest loans and some 600 million euros for regions most in need of development funds, a he told reporters.

“We have gone through various crises along the way; the joint work of the Visegrad group has led to this huge success,” said Morawiecki.

According to him, the conclusions of the summit are a great success from a financial point of view and from the whole architecture of the supervision of budgetary funds.

During the negotiations, the level of grant funding was reduced by 22% compared to the initial proposals to meet the demands of the so-called frugal states, but Poland’s participation was only reduced by 3%, a t he also stated.

The Polish Prime Minister stressed that in the agreement adopted on Tuesday, there is no direct link between the rule of law and the allocation of European funds as previously proposed.

In a joint conference with Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said any effort to tie the rule of law to the budget was immediately successfully rejected. In Orban’s opinion, this is a great victory for Poland and Hungary, as well as for the other two countries in the Visegrad group, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He added that Poland and Hungary have achieved all the goals they set themselves, but during the negotiations there were some attempts to educate the two countries on the rule of law.

“The reason why we succeeded is that Mateusz Morawiecki was the leader of the Visegrad group, he was the leader of our team,” said the Hungarian Prime Minister. “Mateusz (Morawiecki-PAP) will never say that, but it is true that he has generated billions of euros for the Poles,” he added.

Morawiecki also said at the joint press conference that there was no connection between political and economic aspects – they are two different orders. “We want budgetary discipline, we want the money to be spent in the best possible way, for it to be controlled and supervised by the European Court of Auditors,” he said.

Under the deal reached by the 27 EU leaders, the stimulus fund for member states will include 390 billion euros in grants, compared to the 500 billion euros initially proposed by the European Commission, and 360 billion euros. euros in loans, against 250 billion previously. .

The value of the EU budget for the years 2021-2027 has been maintained at € 1,074 trillion.

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