EC deputy head calls Polish talks 'step in the right direction'
Vera Jourova, the deputy head of the European Commission, has called talks with Poland’s Europe minister as a “step in the right direction” .
Jourova met Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk for talks on Wednesday as the two sides look to resolve a dispute over the rule of law in Poland that has led to Brussels blocking Polish access to a multi-billion euro post-pandemic recovery fund.
To get the money the European Commission has demanded that Poland reverse a number of changes to the country’s judicial system. If it hits these “milestones” then the Commission will allow the funds to be dispersed.
"We had a constructive discussion with pl Minister of EU Affairs @SzSz_velSek about the independence of judiciary in Poland, especially in the context of the judicial milestones in the Recovery Plan," Jourova wrote on Twitter.
In a second tweet, commenting on the meeting with vel Sęk, she said: "This was a step in the right direction and I am looking forward to continue the dialogue. The milestones, agreed with the PL government, have to be met in full. We are ready to support PL efforts to achieve this."