Business for tomorrow: Poland on the radar

European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027 

EU Cohesion Policy (CP) has significantly contributed to the stable GDP growth (4.7%) that Poland has experienced over the last 15 years of EU membership.

With more than 50% of all public investment in Poland coming from Cohesion Funding, the country is still on the podium of Europe's fastest growing economies.

Transport infrastructure such as expressways, railways or investments in public transport are probably the most visible effects of the Cohesion Policy in Poland. Importantly, EU support has also contributed to the development of cooperation between research institutions and business, thanks to which hundreds of companies have been able to launch new, innovative products and services on the market. 

What's on the plate? The latest news from Poland

The Polish authorities led by the Ministry of Investment and Development are now in the process of deciding on how to spend all these new funds. They are designing the future 2021-2027 Operational Programmes at national and regional level, outlining the specific investment sectors, the eligibility conditions as well as the corresponding budgets for each sector. 5 working groups incorporating public authorities, social partners, NGOs and the business community have been set up to drive the preparations.
There are already strong indications that the Polish Government will devote most of the available funding to innovation (incl. R&D), green and low emission economy, environmental protection (incl. renewable energy sources) and transport infrastructures.

What comes next?

The drafting of the 2021-2027 Operational Programmes will continue throughout 2019 and 2020.

The first Government proposal of the new Programmes is expected this autumn. The next proposal - after public consultations - is planned to be ready in February 2020. The Government intends to negotiate the final version with European Commission in July 2020.

The final documents should be approved by the European Commission by end of 2020 and their actual implementation should start at the beginning of 2021. The timeline will be strongly influenced by the adoption of the EU budget and EU funding regulations by the European institutions.

Why should you engage in the ESIF 2021-2027 preparation process?

  1. To gain early intelligence on the future EU funded business environment in Poland 
  2. To plan your future business strategies in the country
  3. To position your organization to shape the new EU funding programmes in the country

How we can help you?

At Schuman Associates, we have developed extensive experience in supporting clients to understand and influence the policy and funding framework driving previous EU cycles (2000-2006, 2007-2013, 2014-2020). Through this guidance, our clients were able to leverage downstream market opportunities in their countries of interest and win EU funded business.

Following the right strategy, you will be best placed to either use EU funding for your investment projects or to sell your solutions in public funded projects.

Moreover, our local presence will allow us to:
  • Guide you through national, local and regional public funding complementary to ESIF
  • Engage with international financing institutions working in Poland in close cooperation with European Commission
  • Access key stakeholders and local partners 

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