On May 2014, Poland celebrated the 10th anniversary of its accession to the European Union. Since 2004 Poles have invested over 82 billion euros in construction of new roads, improvement of the natural environment, the development of high speed Internet, building innovative companies, and all of this thanks to the EU Cohesion Policy. The money that Poles withdrew from the funds has triple-exceeded the amount paid to the European Union. Primarily, Poland is the biggest net beneficiary of EU funds, the average level of the funds obtained per capita totals 8.500 PLN (2.025 EUR).
Poland has effectively utilized the opportunity that was given 10 years ago, and it has continued to use the means for leveling the standard of living gap, to significantly accelerate the process aimed at reducing disparities in the development, and finally to actively engage in the development and construction of the European economy.
EUROPEAN FUNDS 2004-2013
In the two European perspectives, within the framework of the cohesion policy, Poland has received over 82 billion EUR – 14.2 billion EUR in the period 2004-2006 and 67.9 billion EUR in the period 2007-2013. In the period 2004–2006 they invested in all of the available funds. From the 2007-2013 budget they utilized 97.5% of the funds, which means over 66 billion EUR. Since 2004, the beneficiaries of the funds have realized over 186,000 projects.
Local government units were the biggest beneficiaries in the period 2004-2013 (34% of the value of projects), followed by enterprises (30%). The strongest expenditures in all the counties were lined up as following – transport, researches, technological development and human resources development.
EUROPEAN FUNDS 2004-2013 – ECONOMIC BENEFITS
The Cohesion Policy has played a key role in the development of the country, significantly correcting the years of negligence of development and reducing disparities between regions. Relatively high economic growth in Poland between 2004-2014 (an annual average of 4% compared to 1% in the other EU members states) and the effort to avoid recession in the years of crisis (2009-2010) is largely the result of the good quality and the reasonable use of EU funds.
GDP per capita in Poland in the period 2004-2012 amounted to 66% of the average GDP of EU Member States. This means that Poland has moved closer to the EU average by 17 percentage points. According to this indicator, Poland is ahead of the other members states that joined the EU in the same round of Enlargement.
EUROPEAN FUNDS 2004-2013 – EFFECTS
These are just some of the effects of the good utilization of EU funds in Poland. We are extremely pleased that our firm is responsible for a considerable part of this success in that country. We are sure that with your interest, we will be able to implement numerous projects that will provide new jobs and contribute to a more pleasant and an easier life in Croatia.