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Judge Challenges EU General Court’s Approval Of Poland Recovery Plan

 |  August 28, 2022

European judges’ associations challenged in the European Union’s General Court a decision to approve Poland’s recovery and resilience plan, they said in a statement on Sunday.

Poland’s access to 23.9 billion euros ($23.8 billion) in grants and 11.5 billion euros in cheap loans had been blocked due to a dispute over judicial independence.

But in June the Commission said it was approving Poland’s recovery plan, opening the way for Warsaw to get the cash. The move was approved by the Council of the EU, consisting of economy and finance ministers.

Four European associations – the Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ), the European Association of Judges (EAJ), Rechters voor Rechters and Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) – challenged the decision in the General Court of the EU.

“This application seeks the annulment of the Council’s decision … on the grounds that the rule of law ‘milestones’ … fall short of what is required to ensure the effective judicial protection and disregard the judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU on the matter,” they said.

The associations said their legal action did not automatically suspend the effects of the Council’s decision to approve the recovery plan but they said they might lodge interim measures seeking such a suspension.

A Polish government spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

The Commission has long been at loggerheads with Poland’s ruling nationalists, accusing them of undercutting democracy. The Commission froze Warsaw’s access to the recovery money until it reversed some changes they made to the country’s judiciary.

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