Ursula von der Leyen, threatened with a motion of censure in the European Parliament for approving Poland's relaunch plan

Three leading figures in the European Parliament’s Renew Europe group on Monday called on MEPs to vote on a motion of censure against Ursula von der Leyen’s commission, which blames the approval of Poland’s relaunch plan despite Warsaw’s shortcomings. compliance with the rule of law, reports AFP.

In order to be put to the vote in plenary, this text against the EU executive prepared by the Dutch Sophie in’t Veld, the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and the Vice President of the Renew Group Luis Garicano (Spain), must first be signed by at least one one tenth of MEPs, about 70 respectively.

If Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, “continues to refuse to take seriously the rules of conditionality on the rule of law”, which aims to make the payment of European funds conditional on Member States’ strict observance of fundamental rights, ours, ”said Guy Verhofstadt.

The European Commission on Wednesday gave the green light to the Polish recovery plan worth 35.4 billion euros, blocked for a year due to Warsaw’s alleged shortcomings in the independence of the judiciary.

However, the three officials from Renew Europe consider Warsaw’s announcements insufficient, including lifting the suspension of a judge and the vote in the Polish Parliament on the abolition of the disciplinary chamber to control judges, which paved the way for the approval of the Polish plan.

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In the Commission’s vote, two big names in the EU executive, Danish Margrethe Vestager (Renew Europe) and Dutch Frans Timmermans (S&D), both executive vice-presidents, opposed the validation of the Polish plan. Photo: Profimedia Images

Ursula von der Leyen “created a major political problem”

The conditions demanded by the Commission are “below those required by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and do not respond to the refusal of the Polish authorities to recognize the primacy of EU law”, in the context in which Warsaw “shows no intention […] to fully restore the independence of the judiciary, “says Sophie in’t Veld, accusing Ursula von der Leyen of” creating a major political problem. “

In the vote in the Commission, two big names of the EU executive, the Danish Margrethe Vestager (Renew Europe) and the Dutch Frans Timmermans (S&D), both executive vice-presidents, opposed the validation of the Polish plan, writes Agerpres.

“The Commission is aware that the solutions announced by the Polish authorities are purely cosmetic,” Guy Verhofstadt said in a letter to his political group, which was consulted by AFP.

In order to be adopted in the EP, a motion of censure must be approved by two-thirds of the votes cast.

Contacted by AFP, officials and spokespersons of the various groups (Greens, S&D, Renew and EPP) did not want to take a stand before the meetings scheduled to take place in the afternoon in Strasbourg.

Iratxe Garcia Perez, chairman of the S&D group, however, demanded last week that any payment to Poland from EU funds be refused until Warsaw meets “all the conditions” set by the CJEU, while the Greens have expressed “serious concerns”.

Editor: Raul Nețoiu

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