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Poland ordered to pay €1 million per day by EU Court of Justice

As rows continue between Poland and Brussels over its disciplinary chamber, the nation has been ordered to pay €1 million per day by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Poland currently operates a disciplinary chamber for its justice system which enforces severe penalties on judges which is not compatible with the EU law.

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The EU has expressed concerns over Poland’s decision to abandon the primacy of the EU law for their own constitution, an action that some believe may lead to Polexit.

Last year, Poland was ordered by the CJEU to suspend the disciplinary chamber which Poland had ignored. Prioritising its constitution over EU law was seen as an affront to the CJEU and questions the primacy of EU law.

A statement from the CJEU read, “In the ruling issued today, the Vice-President of the Tribunal obliged Poland to pay…a penalty payment of €1million per day, counting from the date on which this ruling was delivered to Poland,”.

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Although detailed plans have yet to be presented, Poland has said that it will abolish the disciplinary chamber as part of broader reforms.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had recently accused the European Union of pointing a gun to their heads and that they were being blackmailed with sanctions by the EU.

There are also talks that Brussels could suspend Poland’s pandemic recovery fund of €36 billion while the issue remains unresolved.

Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta took to Twitter to announce that the daily penalty imposed on the country was “usurpation and blackmail”.

IMAGE – Olaf Kosinsky

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