The new Polish government needs “some time” to improve the independence of the judiciary so that the European Union can disburse more funds, said EU Justice Commissioner Dider Reynders. He stressed that Brussels must see reforms so that Poland receives more money from the KPO.
Reynders about more money for Poland and the rule of law
However, a Reuters interview with EU Commissioner for Justice Dider Reynders shows that unblocking Poland’s access to further funds may take weeks or even months, the agency noted.
– There is an obligation. The message about the rule of law is very important, Reynders said. – But it’s not enough. We need to see reforms. It will take some time, he noted.
He mentioned the end of disciplinary proceedings against judges initiated by the unrecognized Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court (it was transformed into the Chamber of Professional Responsibility) as an example of a solution that does not require the adoption of a new act.
Money from KPO and milestones. The European Commission will assess the application
European Commission announced on Friday that it received on that day Warsaw’s first request for payment in the amount of EUR 6.3 billion, or approximately PLN 30 billion, from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), based on the National Recovery Plan submitted by Poland.
“This proposal concerns 37 milestones and 1 target covering investments and reforms in the areas of economic resilience and competitiveness, green energy, digital transformation, health and clean mobility. In the area of green energy, the measures included in the payment request include, among others, the promotion of renewable sources energy and hydrogen technologies and energy storage. In addition, the payment request includes measures aimed at reducing administrative burdens for enterprises, digitizing enterprises and ensuring better care for children up to three years of age,” the EC said.
As the Commission noted, these payments depend on Poland’s implementation of the investments and reforms specified in the KPO. “Disbursement of funds following a payment request under the RRF is not possible until Poland has satisfactorily achieved the ‘super milestones’,” we read in the release.
The Commission will now assess the proposal, including on the “satisfactory implementation of ‘super milestones'”, and will then send its initial assessment to the Economic and Financial Committee.
The value of the Polish KPO amounts to EUR 59.8 billion (EUR 34.5 billion in loans and EUR 25.3 billion in grants).
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