10.09.2010 / News - National level

Position of the Republic of Poland on future Cohesion Policy after 2013

The Government of the Republic of Poland released as probably one of the very first EU Members States a position on future Cohesion Policy on 18th August 2010.

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With a rather conservative approach the Government of the Republic of Poland confirmed that Cohesion Policy should be continued without major changes, as it is acknowledged in the Treaty and it operates on the basis of a proven implementation system.
Not only that Poland is the ever biggest recipient of Cohesion funding in the EU history, occasionally the release of the draft new regulation for the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy mid 2011 will fall in the period of the Polish EU presidency which gives a specific flavor to this position.
In Summary the Government of the Republic of Poland aims rather for some improvements in performance than real changes to meet new challenges. The paper suggests to reinforce Cohesion Policy efficiency and effectiveness by:
- An enhanced strategic approach that sets the baseline to achieve EU 2020 goals with a stronger partnership debate between the European Commission (EC) and the actors of development processes on all relevant levels, while underlining a stronger engagement of the Member States and its responsible ministries.
- Supporting the integrated funding approach of Cohesion Policy, asking for better coordination between different funds on planning and implementation level.The Government of the Republic of Poland opposes the proposals leading to the establishment of new sectoral instruments and exclusion of the ESF and the Cohesion Fund from Cohesion Policy.
- Maintaining the current architecture of objectives, Cohesion Policy should cover all EU regions reflecting different needs by the division of funds and scope of interventions.
- Concentration of priorities and even setting up obligatory priorities that are in line with Europe 2020 strategy. Applying conditionality as an instrument to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of EU policies, but only in the form of financial incentives and not as sanctions and penalties related to macro-economic policy. Therefore, it will be necessary to establish specialized structural reserves under appropriate EU polices.
- Keeping a strong territorial approach and allowing for more interaction between the three levels of territorial cooperation.
- Optimising the  system of delivery of the Cohesion Policy’s objectives its implementing principles and rules in order to analyze why errors occur and what are its sources. Formulating new methods to avoid errors should apply the proportionality principle in order to reduce the administrative burdens and facilitate rationalisation of procedures.
The full text of the  Government of the Republic of Poland Position is available in English: