Poland against EU's rule of law conditions: gov't spokesman

Poland will not agree to any EU mechanism that makes the allocation of funds dependent on the assessment of the rule of law in individual Member States, Piotr Müller, the spokesperson of the government told Polish public radio on Friday.

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“Poland will not agree to any mechanism that makes the spending of funds dependent on an assessment of the system of justice, or the general issue of the rule of law, as these criteria and scopes of authority are restricted to member states,” Mr Müller said.

Following his consultations with EU Member States, European Council head Charles Michel has upheld the European Commission's proposal of a EUR 750 bn post-pandemic relief package but has suggested certain modifications, an EU source told reporters on Wednesday.

According to the source, Mr Michel's proposal for the upcoming EU summit will tie access to funds to the condition of the rule of law in a given country.

In 2018, the European Commission (EC), the EU's executive arm, presented a proposal to tie the payment of EU funds within the 2021-27 budget to the rule of law observance by EU member states. In practice, this would mean that Brussels could freeze EU funds payments to countries that violate the rule of law principles. This proposal has been reiterated by the EC this May.

However, the project has caused controversy not only among the EU Member States but also among EU institutions. Doubts on the construction of the mechanism have been voiced by representatives of the European Council, a body composed of EU member states leaders, and the European Court of Auditors, a body responsible for checking the finances of the EU's institutions.