Poland's new government moves to use 9 billion euros in unallocated funds from EU budget

Poland's new government says it is taking steps to use some 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion) in funds made available from the European Union that could otherwise be lost.

The minister for development, Mateusz Morawiecki, said Tuesday the amount had not been properly allotted by the previous government and could be lost at the end of the year. He noted the sum was higher than Poland's annual defense budget.

The EU budget earmarks funds to some countries to help economic development.

In agreement with the EU, the Polish government is reclassifying some of the funds to be able to take advantage of a larger amount.

Also Tuesday, the parliament was debating next year's budget, which estimates a deficit of 2.8 percent of GDP and economic growth of 3.8 percent.