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Poland Braces for EU Procedure Over High Budget Deficit Caused by Massive Ukraine Military Spending

© AFP 2023 / JANEK SKARZYNSKIA man covered with the EU flag and waving the Polish national flag walks down the street of the Old Town in Warsaw. File photo
A man covered with the EU flag and waving the Polish national flag walks down the street of the Old Town in Warsaw. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.06.2024
Last year, Warsaw's deficit reached 5.1% of the country's gross domestic product, compared to 3.5% in 2022, data from the country's Central Statistical Office has showed.
The EU’s infringement procedure "will be definitely launched" against Poland due to its excessive general government deficit, the country’s Finance Minister Andrzej Domanski has told reporters.

He expressed hope that the bloc’s "recommendations will be very mild” because Poland purportedly "invests in the security for the whole of the European Union,” which is why he said Warsaw needs to increase defense spending.

In the EU, if a country’s deficit is above 3% of gross domestic product (GDP), it is put under an excessive deficit procedure and must cut it by 0.5% annually. Domanski earlier said that military spending had driven up the deficit, explaining that, “4.1% of the GDP is the share we [Poland] spend on defense this year and next year it will be more."

The country’s general governance deficit stood at 5.1% of GDP in 2023, with economists projecting that the figure may soar to 5.4% before the end of 2024, according to a Reuters poll.

According to Poland’s Ministry of Finance, the country’s high deficit is the result of the Ukraine conflict and Warsaw’s massive expenditure on modernizing the Polish Army.
Poland remains the sixth-largest country in terms of arms supplies to Ukraine, sending a whopping $3.2 billion, per the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a German­­­-based think tank.
Polish soldiers watch as US troops from the 5th Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Regiment emplace a launching station of the Patriot air and missile defence system at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland, on  March 21, 2015. - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.05.2024
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