The EU Needs the Rule of Law in Poland More Than Ever

The European Commission should not agree on anything less than full implementation of the European court's judgments regarding the judiciary in Poland

24 March 2022

Taxpayers in Poland will eventually have to cover the bill for rule of law violations. It is getting bigger day by day.

On 15 March, Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said there is hope that the Commission and the Polish government can make progress in the negotiations on the recovery plan ‘quite rapidly.’ On 22 March, Poland’s Minister of Economic Development and Technology Piotr Nowak announced that Brussels and Warsaw reached an agreement. However, other Polish government representatives clarified that negotiations are ongoing and remained cautiously optimistic that they may be concluded next week. It yet remains to be seen how much the rule of law factors into the deal.

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In the past weeks, Poland and, more precisely, Polish civil society, welcomed more than 2 million refugees from Ukraine. Such an influx of people will understandably put a strain on public services and requires major expenditures. The Polish government may hope that it could adapt parts of funds from the Recovery Fund to this end.

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Anna Wójcik

Anna Wójcik PhD, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and co-founder and editor of The Wiktor Osiatyński Archive and ruleoflaw.pl.

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