A deputy justice minister has said it is not certain that Poland will receive money from the EU's post-pandemic recovery fund.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, has said that Poland must meet its commitments regarding judicial reform before it can receive money from the Recovery and Resilience Plan.
Vera Jourova, vice president of the European Commission, was expressing her private opinion when she suggested that Poland's amended Supreme Court law fails to meet the conditions set out in the country's recovery plan (KPO), the ruling party Law and Justice spokesman has claimed.
New legislation abolishing a disciplinary chamber for judges at the Polish Supreme Court, which has been at the heart of a dispute between Brussels and Warsaw, fails to rescind changes to the Polish judicial system that have been questioned by the Commission, Christian Wigand, the Commission’s spokesman, has said.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has defended a new Supreme Court law scrapping a disputed disciplinary chamber for judges, a necessary step to receive EU post-pandemic recovery funds after a senior EU official questioned the validity of the amendment.
Poland should still be able to secure EU pandemic recovery funding despite the lower house of parliament passing a bill scrapping a disciplinary chamber for judges without amendments recommended by the Senate, a deputy interior minister has said.
Poland's lower house of parliament has rejected most of the Senate-authored amendments to the law on the Supreme Court liquidating a judicial Disciplinary Chamber in line with a ruling by the European Court of Justice (CJEU).
The recently-approved EU post-pandemic funding of the Polish economy will help improve deteriorating economic sentiment, the finance minister has told PAP.
The European Commission (EC) has reacted positively to Polish plans to reform a disciplinary chamber for judges that has been at the heart of a protracted dispute between Brussels and Warsaw.
The payout of EU pandemic recovery funds for Poland, which have been withheld by the European Commission (EC) due to Poland's non-compliance with EU rule-of-law standards, will take place around September, according to the government spokesman.