Brussels ready to recoup unpaid fines from Poland as rule of law rift widens

Irish Times | Jan 14, 2022 at 11:17 AM
  • Brussels is poised to withhold more than €100 million from Poland to cover unpaid fines imposed by the EU’s top court, the justice commissioner has warned, as he responds to “waves” of problems in the country’s judicial system.
  • Warsaw was last October ordered to pay daily fines of €1 million because it failed to comply with interim measures imposed by the European Court of Justice demanding it suspend key aspects of the disciplinary regime.
  • Mr Reynders noted some positive moves from Poland on rule of law, including regarding a change to the retirement system of judges, but made clear that the overall trend in the country was not encouraging.