After a meeting with his Czech counterpart Petr Fiala, Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland and the Czech Republic will apply for additional funds from the European Union to cover the costs of hosting Ukrainian refugees.
After talks in Warsaw, Morawiecki said that Poland and the Czech Republic were not satisfied with suggestions to use other EU programmes already in place to pay for refugees and that they have agreed with the Czech prime minister to apply to the European Commission for new funds.
Morawiecki said that the EU should offer new funds to countries that are hosting Ukrainians soon, so we'll present our initiative soon.
The war in Ukraine had a huge impact on both the Czech Republic and Poland, mainly due to the unprecedented influx of refugees, according to the Polish prime minister.
Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 3,033, 000 people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard SG said on Friday morning. Some of the refugees have continued their journey to the West and a large number have already returned to their country, but most of them have stayed in Poland. The costs of hosting refugees have been covered by the Polish society and the government.