The Didier Reynders mark (which is on our cover) is practically the most difficult financial revenge the European Commission can and will do in such cases (it gives Poland a 60-day deferment of payment). Thus, if the Poles do not pay on the basis of the final court rulings, they are already facing the ultimate failure of the huge support from the European Union of 120 million euros (about 43 billion HUF at today’s exchange rate).
Over time, this amount will increase by one and a half million euros per day. Of course, the Poles may threaten (and have done so) that they will then begin to fail to make their payments to the EU budget, but as the EU commissioner warned in the article: The Poles are the net beneficiaries of the game, so in the end they will go down a lot if they continue like this.
the two cases under which a final judgment was issued by the European Court of Justice but the Polish government did not want to implement it and therefore the European Commission demanded a daily fine, which was upheld by the European Court of Justice:
- Abolish the basic framework of the Polish Disciplinary Chamber and reinstate the suspended judges. Here, the final ruling has not been implemented by the Polish government for a long time, so it costs 1 million euros a day Fine On the initiative of the Brussels Commission, by order of the European Court of Justice.
- The lignite mine in Toro, Poland, would have to be closed due to Czech environmental concerns, which the EU court has upheld, but the Poles have taken no steps towards closing it, thus costing half a million euros a day here. Fine imposed by the Court of Justice of the European Union. In this discussion, France Télécom also notes that there is some closeness between the Czech and Polish governments.
Reynders also told the newspaper that although there were occasional positive signs in the rule of law dispute with the Poles, the general trend is negative, That is, like the coronavirus pandemic, the Polish government and judiciary are making more and more waves in violating the rule of law. Thus, in general, the ongoing debate continues to deteriorate rather than improve.
Another consequence of this is that the European Commission has yet to adopt the Polish recovery plan of 36 billion euros In financial terms, the Polish government’s strategy is unsustainable and sooner or later will have to succumb to the expectations of Brussels.
Previously, in the case of a completely different EU aid, financial sanctions (subsidy bans) finally made the Polish authorities back down:
Cover photo: Claudio Senturns, European Commission Communications Officer, European Union
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