I hope that we will soon be able to present a positive assessment of Poland’s first application for payment from the National Reconstruction Plan. I am pleased that the Polish authorities are determined to restore the rule of law in Poland, said EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders on Friday.
On Friday, Reynders met in Warsaw with the head of the Ministry of Justice, the Prosecutor General Adam Bodnar. Then, during the conference, he referred to the activities of the Polish government aimed at fulfilling the so-called rule of law milestones necessary to disburse EU funds for National Reconstruction Plan.
Reynders: the authorities are determined to restore the rule of law in Poland
– I hope that we will soon be able to present a positive assessment of the first payment application. I am very pleased that the Polish authorities are determined to restore the rule of law in Poland in order to guarantee full compliance with the provisions of not only the Polish constitution, but also the requirements of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights, he said.
The Commissioner for Justice emphasized that European Commission is fully committed to providing support to the Polish government in restoring the rule of law. He added that the EC also notices Poland’s willingness to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
– This is a step we have been waiting for because it guarantees that the European Union budget in Poland will be adequately protected against fraud – he said.
Reynders: The fundamental values of the EU are very important to us
As he said, restoring the rule of law “is a change that is warmly welcomed.” – The fundamental values of the EU are very important to us, so it is very important that we remain committed to these values, because this is what makes us Europeans, said the commissioner. He emphasized that he was “particularly satisfied with the conversation he had with Minister Bodnar.” – Today we talked about what needs to be done to restore the rule of law in Poland and ensure that the procedure under Art. 7 (Determination by the Council of the EU of a risk of a serious breach of EU values by a Member State – PAP) has been completed. I am convinced that Poland can fully restore its position as a country that respects the rule of law, he said. – We are very interested in the Polish authorities preparing an action plan for restoring the rule of law in Poland – he emphasized.
He noted that the EU is “aware that this process is not simple.” – We will talk about it at the Justice Council next week, then another meeting will be held – he added.
He emphasized that they were interested in restoring the independence of the National Council of the Judiciary “in the context of its key role in the judicial nomination process in Poland.”
First payment request
In mid-December last year Poland sent the first application for payment from the KPO to the European Commission. Our country is to receive nearly EUR 7 billion (over PLN 31 billion), including almost EUR 2.8 billion from subsidies and EUR 4.2 billion from loans.
As the Ministry of Funds informed then, the funds from the first application for payment from the KPO will be allocated, among others, to: for legal facilitations for companies, increasing innovation and digitization of enterprises, facilitations for medical students, more effective management of the financing of the Maluch Plus program, increasing road safety and the entry into force of the Social Economy Act.
Main photo source: PAP/Tomasz Gzell