Polish prime minister discusses violation of EU Treaty with European Commission

Polish prime minister discusses violation of EU Treaty with European Commission

Today, Mateusz Morawiecki meets with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans. The visit comes as EU member states consider penalties

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Today, Mateusz Morawiecki meets with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans. The visit comes as EU member states consider penalties for Poland’s infringement of European ‘rule of law’ standards regarding judicial and media reforms.

Poland’s recent cabinet reshuffle marks an attempt to reset two years of fraught relations with the EU. Warsaw is eager to avoid the restriction of its voting rights in both the European Council and ministerial-level meetings, which would hamper its ability to influence EU priorities and decisions.

Brussels looks to present a unified front against challenges to its authority; however, any effort to restrict Polish voting rights will be difficult–such an action requires unanimity and would be blocked by Hungary, a close ally of Warsaw. Still, Poland has offered no major concessions and risks being alienated from significant proposals regarding the Eurozone and the EU budget process.

Morawiecki’s charm offensive will therefore seek to delay the advancement of infringement proceedings in the short-term. Though penalties probably won’t be imposed, expect Brussels to remain firm against alleged Polish infringements and threats to European unity.

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