Southeastern Poland confidently reaches for EU funds
Grant Thornton, one of the leading audit agencies, conducted research into EU funds that flow to Poland. In particular, they were interested to what regions and cities money is allocated and what it is used for. The recently published report with the results of the study indicates which regions of Poland are most effective when it comes to reaching for the support of European institutions for directed at research and development (R+D). Auditors made a finding that may seem surprising. The leader of receiving EU grants is the Subcarpathian (Podkarpackie) voivodship.
The audit agency focused on the funds from Operational Programme Smart Growth directed at increasing innovativeness through research and development. The funds from the Programme go to micro, small, medium and big enterprises. So far, EU provided funding to almost 380 projects. On average, applicants received 5.3 billion PLN. Most funds went to the Masovian voivodship (where Polish capital Warsaw is situated). The second-biggest receiver of EU money was Lesser Poland voivodship, while Subcarpathian voivodship landed on the third position on the list.
Researchers also ranked Polish based on funding per capita. Surprisingly, Subcarpathian voivodship scored the top prize leaving the rest of the pack way behind. Each inhabitant of the voivodship located in the south-east of Poland “got” 1,656 PLN, while for a person from Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodship, ranked at no. 2, the amount was 974 PLN. Companies from the south-east turned out to be most effective when it comes to reaching for financial support.
The funds were mostly allocated to the industry sector (70.7%) and services (25.0%). 120 of the accepted projects came from big enterprises, 105 from small enterprises, while 95 and 58 from medium and micro companies respectively. The biggest amount of support, over 6.5 billion PLN, went to Polish micro companies.