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EU Backs Poland’s 35.4 Billion-Euro Pandemic Recovery Plan

  • Warsaw needs the funds to deal with refugees from Ukraine
  • Decision does not mean Poland immediately accesses funds
Commuters in central Warsaw, Poland.

Commuters in central Warsaw, Poland.

Photographer: Piotr Malecki/Bloomberg
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The European Union approved Poland’s post-pandemic recovery plan that could unlock as much as 35.4 billion euros ($37.7 billion) in aid for Warsaw, which urgently needs the money to cope with millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine. 

The decision is more a gesture of goodwill and doesn’t mean Poland will immediately access the funds. The country still needs to prove it has done enough to address the bloc’s concern over the independence of its judiciary, a flash point in the nationalist government’s fraught relations with Brussels.