Poland calls von der Leyen’s comment on ‘tools’ ‘outrageous’ – POLITICO

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called “outrageous” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s remarks that the EU has the “tools” to deal with a member state if the election results “go wrong”. in a difficult direction.

During a lecture at Princeton University on Thursday, von der Leyen was asked about the candidates for Sunday’s legislative elections in Italy, but she included Poland and Hungary in her answer.

“If things go in a difficult direction – and I’ve spoken of Hungary and Poland – we have the tools,” von der Leyen said, in a clear reference to the Commission’s ability to cut funds. to EU governments when deemed to violate the rule of law.

“Von der Leyen’s statement was outrageous,” Morawiecki said Saturday in the Polish town of Świdnik, the official PAP news agency reported. “She said Brussels had the tools to discipline Italy if it created a government that was not in favor of Brussels,” he said.

“Is this the Europe we want? … That the Eurocrats in Brussels dictate what the government should be? asked Morawiecki. “It’s not the rule of law; it is a diktat and the absence of the rule of law,” the prime minister said.

The Commission has imposed a set of rule of law ‘milestones’ on Poland, including reforming a controversial judicial disciplinary regime, so that Warsaw can access money from the coronavirus recovery fund. EU. The EU Council approved the plan in June. European judges sued the Council in late August for its decision, saying the judgments of the European Court of Justice had not been taken into account.

With regard to Hungary, the Commission proposed on September 18 to reduce the European funds allocated to Budapest by 7.5 billion euros.


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