The European Commission deducted from Poland another tranche of overdue fines in the amount of EUR 33 million, according to the findings of TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski. This is related to the CJEU judgment on disciplinary procedures in the Polish judiciary. In total, we have already lost EUR 300 million, or PLN 1.4 billion, because of this.
Maciej Sokołowski announced that today the European Commission deducted EUR 33 million from EU funds for Poland for the period from July 28 to August 29 (33 days = EUR 33 million). This is the 8th deduction of penalties imposed by the CJEU on the disciplinary procedures of judges. They are charged from November 3rd.
The sum of all deductions is now EUR 300 million. They consist of:
1) deduction of EUR 69 million for the period from November 3 to January 10, 2) deduction of EUR 42 million for the period from January 11 to February 21, 3) deduction of EUR 30 million for the period from February 22 to March 23, 4) deduction of EUR 33 million for the period from 24 March to 25 April, 5) deduction of EUR 30 million for the period from 26 April to 25 May, 6) deduction of EUR 33 million for the period from 26 May to 27 June, 7) deduction of EUR 30 million for the period from 28 June to July 27, 8) deduction of EUR 33 million for the period from July 28 to August 29. The TVN24 correspondent reminded that “the EC still did not respond to the Polish request from early November to stop charging penalties due to the amendment to the Act on the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court”.
In mid-July, an amendment to the Act on the Supreme Court entered into force, under which, among other things, The Disciplinary Chamber ceased to operate and was replaced by the Professional Responsibility Chamber.
“The new law does not guarantee judges the possibility of questioning the status of another judge without the risk of being subject to disciplinary action,” said Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, in an interview with Dziennik Gazeta Prawna at the end of July.
Penalties for Poland
In the summer of 2021, the CJEU obliged Poland to immediately suspend the application of the provisions relating to the powers of the unrecognized Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court in matters such as waiving judicial immunity. For failure to comply with this provision, Poland was fined one million euros a day. The penalty of one million euros per day is charged from November 3, 2021. It is deducted by the European Commission from funds for Poland.
Court of Justice of the European Union last year imposed daily fines on the Polish government in two cases: for functioning Turów mine and for the functioning of the unrecognized Disciplinary Chamber. In the case of the mine, the penalties were deducted from September 20, 2021 to February 3, 2022. In the end, they totaled EUR 68.5 million.
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