Polish official hits out at plan to link EU funds to rule of law
PR dla Zagranicy
The head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office has criticised plans to tie pay-outs of EU money to the observance of the rule of law in member states.
Michał Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office. Photo: Polish Radio
A day after the European Parliament backed the plans, Michał Dworczyk on Friday hit out at what he called a "political initiative".
Dworczyk claimed in an interview with public broadcaster Polish Radio that one of the politicians behind the plan was European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, "who has ambitions to become the head of the European Commission in the next term."
The plans backed by MEPs on Thursday would allow Brussels to freeze funds for EU countries in which the rule of law is judged to be at risk, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
The agency added that the plans would have to be accepted by the new European Parliament due to be elected in May.
Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has been locked in a dispute with Brussels over sweeping changes to courts in Poland.