Poland will submit a request for a suspension of charging fines by the European Union, Minister for European Policy Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk has announced.
The European Commission recently imposed a seventh package of fines for Poland’s inaction in executing the verdict by the European Court of Justice on suspending the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.
Poland has been fined €267 million since November 2021. Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk was asked by Radio Plus about the newest tranche of funds lost by Warsaw.
“We believe that those fines should not be incurred. We are facing the first assessment of the Commission since the so-called presidential act went into effect. In the next few days, we will submit a request for a suspension of incurring fines by the EU, as they should not be doing so,” he said.
The minister said the request to the Commission includes information on how each matter was resolved, as well as a procedure allowing a judge to request to have his right to make judgements reinstated.
“A number of judges have already benefited from this. Everyone who made this request has been reinstated to have jurisdiction,” stressed Szynkowski vel Sęk. “Some decided not to, but it is difficult to fine Poland for the fact that somebody did not make use of a procedure that was introduced with an act,” he added.
The Polish minister also commented on the possible request for the payment of National Recovery Funds saying that it will be filed “as soon as we are convinced that there is a readiness on the part of the European Commission to implement it smoothly.”