Von der Leyen insists against Poland that there will be no European aid without judicial reform

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, ruled out the payment of billions of euros in Corona aid to Poland for the second time this week, as long as the Warsaw government does not withdraw its controversial judicial reform.

In an interview published by Augsburger Allgemeine on Saturday, Von der Leyen insisted that Poland must restore the judicial independence required by the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUV) in order to receive payments from the European Reconstruction Fund.

“For payments from the reconstruction fund, clear rules have been drawn up for all member states,” said the Commission President, before “these investments can only be made through reforms and are laid down in the specific recommendations of each country”.

Von der Leyen insists against Poland that there will be no European aid without judicial reform
Von der Leyen insists against Poland that there will be no European aid without judicial reform

“For years, Poland has been calling for a reform to restore the independence of the judiciary, and the EU member states have agreed to link these commitments to corresponding payments,” he said.

So far, Brussels has issued 22 positive opinions on national plans to provide access to Community funds and has four on the table to pass judgment, including those from Poland and Hungary who have been frozen due to a lack of understanding with their governments the rule of law required by him.

Vice-President of the municipal council in charge of economic affairs, Valdis Dombrovskis, said this Thursday that he hopes that the review of the programs presented by Warsaw and Budapest can be completed “as soon as possible”, but has any reference to a specific deadline. .

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