“Last week, after a year of negotiations, the European Commission gave the go-ahead to Poland’s relaunch and resilience plan. Now the Council of the European Union must take a decision on this plan. (…) The approval of this plan is linked to clear commitments of the Polish Government on the independence of the judiciary, “Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament, according to the transcript of the speech, which was viewed by MEDIAFAX.
The President of the European Commission is asking Poland to abolish the Disciplinary Chamber, which will be replaced by an independent and impartial court. Secondly, it urges Poland to reform the disciplinary regime by eliminating controversial crimes. Thirdly, Warsaw should review all decisions issued by the Disciplinary Chamber in cases of judges.
“I want to be very clear. These three core commitments need to be met before payments can be made. I know some of you are skeptical, but I assure you that no funds will be provided until these reforms are carried out,” Ursula told them. von der Leyen MEPs.
On Monday, three leaders of the European Parliament’s Innoim Europe group called for a motion of censure against the European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, over the approval of the relaunch plan for Poland despite problems with the rule of law. The initiative belongs to MEPs Sophie in’t Veld (Netherlands), Guy Verhofstadt (Belgium) and Luis Garicano (Spain), but a total of 70 signatures will be needed to initiate a vote against the European Commission.
“If Ursula von der Leyen continues to refuse to seriously apply the rule of law, we will withdraw her support,” said MEP Guy Verhofstadt.
The European Commission last week approved Poland’s economic recovery plan, which will allocate 35.4 billion euros. “The conditions imposed by the European Commission on Poland are under the requirements of the European Court of Justice and do not address the issue raised by the Polish authorities in refusing to recognize the primacy of EU law, while Warsaw has no intention of fully restoring the independence of the judiciary. Ursula von der Leyen it creates a major political problem, “Sophie in’t Veld accused.
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