The Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union in Brussels informs that the representative of the European Commission came to the diplomatic mission on Friday too late to formally submit a letter on the conditionality mechanism in the European Union budget to the Polish government, because the public office was already closed. Therefore, he will have to do it again on Monday morning, it was reported.
The European Commission announced on Friday that it had sent a letter to Poland and Hungary on the conditionality mechanism in the EU budget. – Hungary and Poland now have two months to send the required information – said the spokesman of the European Commission Christian Wigand in the evening.
The Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU in Brussels said that the representative of the European Commission had appeared in the building on Friday, but had arrived too late to formally submit a letter regarding the conditionality mechanism, as the official office of the institution was already closed.
It was explained that the law office to which official letters are sent works from 9 am to 5 pm and the European Commission official was several dozen minutes late. Therefore, in order to formally pass the letter to the Polish government, he will have to appear again at the Polish embassy on Monday morning.
Exactly at the same hours, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, the office of the European Commission in Brussels works, to which the member states submit their official letters. Until the message was sent, the European Commission did not comment on this information.
In May last year, Polish diplomacy intervened in the secretariat-general of the European Commission in the case – as Polish diplomats reported – the loss of a letter by the Commission regarding the implementation of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The letter was handed over to the administration office of the European Commission on May 8 and the Polish side received confirmation of its receipt.
The talks with Polish diplomats in Brussels show that the officials of the European Commission first asked the Polish side whether it had handed over the letter, and then, after several days of unsuccessful searching for the document, they asked the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland in Brussels to re-submit it, informing about problems with locating it . The letter was handed over by Poland again.
The conditionality mechanism assumes that Brussels may freeze EU funds for a member state if it determines that there is a risk of their misuse.
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