Polish firms shun EU green investment cash

Poland's environment ministry has expressed concern at the low level of interest in an EU-funded scheme designed to help industrial installations invest in environmental improvement. Out of a total budget of €172m only €32m has so far been awarded. The fund is aimed at the 2000 or so Polish installations covered by the EU's 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control directive. One reason for the low uptake is that, to date, only 253 installations have achieved the full compliance with the law necessary to become eligible for funding. But the ministry also blamed bureaucracy and poor interpretation of EU funding rules by firms. See Polish environment ministry.

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