Von der Leyen: Poland will receive refunds if it complies with the court ruling

Von der Leyen: Poland will receive refunds if it complies with the court ruling

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference in Brussels on Thursday that Poland needs to dismantle the judicial disciplinary chambers to access the resources of the recovery fund to offset the effects of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

We want the Warsaw leadership to include in the national recovery plan a clear commitment to abolish or reform the Disciplinary Chamber and to begin the process of reappointing judges who have been dismissed without justification.

The president confirmed.

This is a prerequisite, but I believe it is possible and we will be able to come to an agreement

he added.

Didier ReyndersThe EU Commissioner for Justice spoke at Thursday’s meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) that EU law means shared sovereignty and that an independent judiciary is the rule of law.

That’s why I think our problem with Poland is a real concern

announced. According to the commissioner, the Polish Constitutional Court decision that undermines the supremacy of EU law is unique and cannot be compared to other similar decisions in the EU.

It is unique because the petition to the Constitutional Court was submitted by the Polish Prime Minister. Moreover, the decision attacks one of the foundations of EU treaties and we also have doubts about the independence of the Polish Constitutional Court.

announced. He added that EU member states can appeal the decisions of the European Commission, but not the EU Court, whose rulings, including interim measures, are considered binding.

EU law takes precedence over national law

pointed out.

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Reynders also evaluated Wednesday’s European Court of Justice decision, according to which Poland is obligated to pay 1 million euros per day to the European Commission, as a positive step, until it abolishes the work of the disciplinary chambers. He also said, if Warsaw did not respect the ruling and did not pay, the commission would punish Poland by additional means.

The Commissioner also stressed that his body will in any case apply the conditionality mechanism, which makes the disbursement of EU funds conditional on respect for the rule of law. He added that the committee is open to launching a discussion on the rule of law in each member state. He added: “However, everyone needs to understand that we are focusing more in this regard on the Member States where the problem exists at the systemic level.”


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