Poland will receive EUR 145 million in the first payout from an EU refugee aid and border protection fund, Poland’s finance minister announced on Wednesday.
Magdalena Rzeczkowska told a Catholic radio broadcaster that Poland will get further payouts from the EUR 400 million fund, and said that they will help supplement Poland’s expenses connected with the large inflow of Ukrainian refugees to the country.
“To a large degree we have to seek the funding in our own budget, Poland can’t wait until world or European institutions decide about aid instruments,” Rzeczkowska said.
She added that most refugee and border protection costs were covered by the Polish government as related EU funding was often delayed.
In all 4,897,000 refugees from Ukraine have entered Poland since Russia’s invasion of the country on February 24.