Divergent Strategies For EU Funds

Poland and Hungary Take Different Tracks With the EU: Interview with European Commissioner Věra Jourová

29 April 2022

Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová, who is in charge of the rule of law and democracy in the EU, sees the possibility of reaching an agreement between Brussels and Warsaw. According to her at a meeting with Czech journalists, there is a big difference between the current approaches of Budapest and Warsaw.

Luboš Palata interviewed Vice-President of the EU Commission Věra Jourová for Denik.cz and Visegrad Insight about the potential for EU funds being withheld from Poland and Hungary.

LP: The Polish government, and President Andrzej Duda in particular, has been trying to settle relations with the EU in recent weeks and pave the way for the release of many billions of euros from the EU’s Recovery Plan. Money has become a larger priority due to the huge wave of refugees pouring into the country. Do you see any shift there?

VJ: We do. I see a positive shift in the fact that a law prepared by Polish President Andrzej Duda is being discussed in the Sejm, which concerns the reform of the judiciary, especially in the disciplinary part. We are talking about this, similar to the Judicial Council or the Constitutional Court, in which we have seen the problem since 2015.

However, unresolved cases are an obstacle to providing money from the Recovery Plan. That is why we are acting intensively. Warsaw is giving us some signals that it is ready to move forward. The fact that we did not make the disbursement of EU funds to Poland conditional on Poland indicates that we are actively negotiating with Warsaw.

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Luboš Palata

EU editor of the Czech newspaper Deník and former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Slovak daily Pravda.

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