Coronavirus response: €45 million to support Opolskie region in Poland in fighting the pandemic

The European Commission has adopted the modification of the operational programme for the Opolskie region in Poland allowing for the reallocation of €45 million to tackle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “Opolskie is joining the other Polish regions in making the best use of EU resources to support Member States tackling the health, social and economic adverse effects of the pandemic. We are making every effort to invest EU funds where they are most needed.” Around €19 million will be directed providing working capital to SMEs, while nearly €26 million will support the setting up of social couriers for dependent, lonely and people with disabilities as well as the purchase of new equipment for hospitals. Lastly, funds will be reallocated to strengthen digital education in the region. The modification was possible thanks to the exceptional flexibility guaranteed under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+), which allow Member States to use Cohesion policy funding to support the sectors most exposed to the pandemic. For more information on the EU Cohesion policy response to the coronavirus crisis visit the Coronavirus Dashboard.