Polish parliamentarians resolved on Tuesday to approve a € 58 billion ($ 70 billion) national spending plan expected to be received from the European Union’s pandemic recovery program.
During the special parliamentary session, the votes were 290-33 and abstention was 133.
The national reconstruction plan, which has already been sent to the EU Commission, has been approved thanks to the support of the Left Opposition and the Centrist Poland 2050 Group.
A small party in the right-wing coalition, led by Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro, opposed the government’s plans because the funds were related to the rule of law of member states and Poland’s commitment to the EU.
Prior to the vote, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the reconstruction plan a “second Marshall Plan” and said the vote in favor was a vote for Poland’s development and a strong position in the EU of 27 countries.
“This decision is one of the most important in the next 10 to 20 years,” Morawiecki said.
He said the money will be used primarily for infrastructure such as new roads and energy systems, as well as for hospital and school upgrades. Opponents of the left argued for funding for local governments and cheap housing in pledged to vote.
Lawmakers who criticized the plan claimed that there was no consultation with the local government, which is the main beneficiary of the fund, and demanded a mechanism to control spending.
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Polish lawmakers accept spending plan for EU recovery fund
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