Wednesday, August 17

The European Parliament files the complaint against the European Commission for not suspending all funds to Poland


If European money cannot go to countries that do not comply with the rule of law, the Polish case cannot go unpunished. This is what the majority of the European Parliament thinks, which approved to file a complaint against the European Commission, the guardian of the treaties, for not activating the conditionality that links European funds to the observance of a series of values. And it turns out that this complaint, announced by the European Parliament nine days ago, has already been presented, as announced by the office of the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli (PD / S & D).

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“At the request of President Sassoli, the Parliament’s legal service today presented [por el viernes] the lawsuit against the European Commission before the Court of Justice for not applying the conditionality regulation “, the European Parliament has communicated:” The regulation, which was adopted last December, allows the EU to suspend payments from the EU budget to Member States where the rule of law is threatened. However, the Commission has refrained from using it until now. Therefore, the Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs recommended taking legal action. ”

David Sassoli stated: “As requested in the resolutions passed in Parliament, our legal service has brought an action against the European Commission for not applying the Conditionality Regulation to the Court of Justice. We hope that the European Commission will act consistently and live up to what President Ursula von der Leyen declared during the last plenary debate on this topic. Words must become deeds. ”

Eric Mamer, spokesman for the European Commission, replied: “We take note of the decision of the European Parliament regarding the regulation of conditionality. We reiterate that the Commission is already applying the regulation: guidelines have been drawn up for its application; the analysis of potential cases is ongoing, and we are preparing to send letters to the relevant Member States where appropriate. ”

Indeed, Ursula von der Leyen announced ten days ago before the Strasbourg plenary session: “We will go to court and condition the funds. We cannot and will not tolerate that common values ​​are put at risk. We will defend European law on behalf of of the Polish people “.

However, a few days later the EU leaders, meeting at the European Council on October 21 and 22, decided to pull the handbrake and lower the response to the Polish order, which is outside the EU legal system by denying the primacy of community law.

A decision that did not appease the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who assured in the Financial Times: “Fortunately this is a political process. And politicians can stop political processes. This would be the smart thing to do. Because you can’t talk with a gun to your temple. The money should have already been paid. It is a violation of procedure by the European Commission. They are violating the rule of law. We are not going to give up, we are not going to give up our sovereignty because of this pressure. 88% of Poles want to stay in the EU, half of them are voters of our [partido]. We are convinced that Poland has to stay, so there is no risk from Polexit. We will vigorously defend Poland as part of the European Union. ”

Morawiecki warned that if the European Commission “starts the third world war” by withholding the money promised to Warsaw, it will defend its “rights with any weapon at its disposal.” That is, the blocking of dossiers in Brussels – such as the European green pact – thanks to the veto power that it retains as long as Article 7 is not activated against Poland, which will not happen due to the support it has from Hungary, on everything, but also Slovenia.

As Europa Press explains, “Poland has allocated 106,000 million euros from the EU budget until 2027 between Cohesion and PAC, to which should be added another 36,000 million from the recovery fund. That is: 36,000 million from the recovery fund (23,900 in subsidies and 12,100 in credits ); 75,000 million in Cohesion funds (in 7 years); and 31,200 million in the CAP (in 7 years) “.

Historic ruling against Poland

The presentation of the complaint against the European Commission presented by the European Parliament comes 48 hours after the Court of Justice of the EU imposed an unprecedented fine on Poland of one million euros a day for not reversing its assault on judicial independence.

“As it has not suspended the application of the provisions of national legislation relating to the areas of competence of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, Poland is condemned to pay the European Commission a daily fine of 1,000,000 euros,” said the Court of Justice of the EU: “Compliance with the precautionary measures ordered on July 14, 2021 is necessary to avoid serious and irreparable damage to the legal system of the European Union and the values ​​on which said Union is based, in particular that of the rule of law “.

Poland and the rest of the European Union are in the midst of great tension over the ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court at the beginning of October, which denied the preeminence of some parts of the EU Treaties over Polish laws, which came to place the country outside the EU legal system.

The decision of the court based in Luxembourg this Wednesday responds to the request of the European Commission in early September to request the Court of Justice that the EU impose economic sanctions on Poland to ensure compliance with the order of precautionary measures of the Court on the functioning of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland and the suspension of other provisions of Polish law affecting judicial independence.

The passionate plea of ​​the Belgian prime minister

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has made a passionate plea in favor of European values ​​in the face of authoritarian and homophobic drifts of the governments of Poland and Hungary.

At the College of Europe in Bruges, De Croo warned Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday against escalating the conflict over the basic rules of the rule of law. And he did the same day the EU Court of Justice imposed a daily fine of one million euros on Poland for refusing to comply with the court’s request to suspend the activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has made a passionate plea in favor of European values ​​in the face of authoritarian and homophobic drifts of the governments of Poland and Hungary.

At the College of Europe in Bruges, De Croo warned Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday against escalating the conflict over the basic rules of the rule of law. And he did the same day the EU Court of Justice imposed a daily fine of one million euros on Poland for refusing to comply with the court’s request to suspend the activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.

“The recent attack on the EU Court of Justice is unacceptable,” De Croo said: “The European Union is a union of values, not an ATM.” “To those who give incendiary interviews and believe that it is necessary to declare a new world war in the Financial Times,” as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did, “I want to tell you: you are playing a dangerous game, you are playing with fire when you wage war. with his European colleagues for internal political reasons. ”

He added: “It is not about the arrogance of ‘old’ Member States. It is not a question of the West against the East, of the old against the new. It is about the overwhelming majority of Member States, from the Baltic countries to Portugal. , who agree that our Union is a union of values, not an ATM. You cannot take out all the money but reject the values. So what is the way out? We should not kick these countries out, as some suggest . We should talk to them. We should not take their bait, but listen to the message of the 100,000 Polish citizens who took to the streets carrying the Polish flag and the European flag, side by side, to refute the incendiary tactics. ”





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