(02 June 2022) – The European Commission yesterday approved the €35.4 billion recovery plan for Poland after a long delay due to Warsaw’s opposition to roll back judicial reforms.
The COVID-19 funds had been put on hold by the EU executive over concerns regarding the rule of law in the country and the contested disciplinary chamber introduced in 2018.
The Polish parliament finally passed a bill last week to replace the chamber with a new body, a move that helped unblock around €24 billion in grants and €12 billion in loans for the country’s recovery.
In order to release the funds, however, Poland will have to meet a number of conditions, including dismantling the disciplinary chamber and reviewing the rulings of suspended judges. (Euractiv)