Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has been threatened with a motion of censure in the European Parliament. Several members of the Renew Europe group blame it for approving Poland’s relaunch plan.
Members of the European Parliament’s Renew Europe Group called on MEPs on Monday (June 6th) to vote on a motion of censure against Ursula von der Leyen, whom she blames for approving Poland’s recovery plan despite Warsaw’s shortcomings. respect for the rule of law.
In order to be put to the vote in plenary, this text against the EU executive prepared by the Dutch Sophie in ‘t Veld, the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and the Vice President of the Renew Group Luis Garicano (Spain), must first be signed by at least one one tenth of the MEPs, about 70 respectively.
Ursula von der Leyen, targeted by a motion of censure, refuses to apply the rules of conditionality on the rule of law
If Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, “continues to refuse to take seriously the rules of conditionality on the rule of law”, which aims to make the payment of European funds conditional on Member States’ strict observance of fundamental rights, ours, ”said Guy Verhofstadt.
The European Commission has approved Poland’s relaunch plan
Last Wednesday, the European Commission gave the green light to the 35.4 billion-euro Polish relaunch plan, which has been blocked for a year due to Warsaw’s deficiencies in the independence of the judiciary.
However, the three officials from Renew Europe consider Warsaw’s announcements insufficient, including lifting the suspension of a judge and the vote in the Polish Parliament on the abolition of the disciplinary chamber to control judges, which paved the way for the approval of the Polish plan.
The conditions demanded by the Commission are “below those required by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and do not respond to the refusal of the Polish authorities to recognize the primacy of EU law”, in the context in which Warsaw “shows no intention (…) to fully restore independence of the judiciary “, Sophie in ‘t Veld claims, accusing Ursula von der Leyen that “it has created a major political problem.”
Several members of the Commission opposed the validation
In the Commission’s vote, two big names in the EU executive, Danish Margrethe Vestager (Renew Europe) and Dutch Frans Timmermans (S&D), both executive vice-presidents, opposed the validation of the Polish plan.
“The Commission is aware that the solutions announced by the Polish authorities are purely cosmetic,” Guy Verhofstadt said in a letter to his political group, which was consulted by AFP.
In order to be adopted in the EP, a motion of censure must be approved by two-thirds of the votes cast.
Contacted by AFP, officials and spokespersons of the various groups (Greens, S&D, Renew and EPP) did not want to take a stand before the meetings scheduled to take place in the afternoon in Strasbourg.
Iratxe Garcia Perez, chairman of the S&D group, however, demanded last week that any payment to Poland from EU funds be refused until Warsaw meets “all the conditions” set by the CJEU, while the Greens have expressed “serious concerns”.
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