This EU commissioner is targeting Poland, but she has some skeletons in her closet

Vice President of the European Commission Věra Jourová, who routinely questions rule of law in Poland, has her own troubled legal history, writes Ryszard Kapuściński in portal

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk

The European Commission closed its investigation regarding EU fund fraud in Czechia and decided that the country will receive less in the next accounting period. The investigation concerned the former Prime Minister of Czechia and billionaire Andrej Babiš, who was also, in the past, a secret collaborator (codename Bureš) working for the communist secret police in Czechoslovakia and a member of the Communist Party.

Babiš is accused of defrauding the EU for millions of euros in funds. According to Seznam Zprávy news portal, the prosecution is requesting three years of imprisonment and five years of probation. However, a close associate of Babiš and member of his political party, Vice President of the European Commission Věra Jourová, also has a questionable past. She is known for questioning rule of law and democracy in Poland.

At the beginning of her career, she was a protégée of Babiš, who appointed her vice-leader of the party he created. In 2006, Jourová was detained on suspicion of accepting a 2 million koruna bribe from the mayor of the town Budišov. She was released after a month, as the prosecution only had a secretly recorded statement of the mayor of Budišov for evidence. Jourová revised her original testimony in which she then admitted to bribery.

Given her past, Polish MEPs, who are under attack in Brussels, may want to ask Jourová about her problems with the law and close relation with Babiš every time she speaks about the lack of the rule of law in Poland.

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