EC president writes to Polish PM over rule-of-law mechanism - source

KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/POOL/PAP/EPA

European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen has written a letter to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in which she argues that the rule-of-law mechanism in the EU budget is as agreed at July's summit, an EU source has told PAP.

"The letter clarifies why we believe that the proposition is in line with the conclusions of the European Council from July," a source told PAP on condition of anonymity. Von der Leyen also wrote that in the case of reservations about the conditionality mechanism, the matter can be taken to the European Court of Justice.

Von der Leyen's letter is a response to a letter that Morawiecki sent in mid-November to EU leaders including the EC president. He said in it that Poland cannot accept the current version of the rule-of-law mechanism as it leads to the primacy of political and arbitrary criteria over substantive evaluation.

A source in Polish diplomacy confirmed to PAP that such a letter had been received but did not wish to disclose its contents.