The European Commission is expected to release Poland’s recovery plan on Wednesday


European Union and Polish flags fly at the Orlen refinery in Mazeikiai, Lithuania April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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BRUSSELS, June 1 (Reuters) – The European Commission is expected to approve on Wednesday Poland’s multi-billion euro plan to rebuild the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been stalled by a dispute over government practices. rule of law in Warsaw, EU officials said.

Under this plan, the country of Warsaw could possibly obtain 23.9 billion euros in grants from the European Union and 11.5 billion in loans over several years.

“Approval is likely this afternoon or tomorrow morning,” a senior EU official said.

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EU executive approval will not trigger any immediate disbursements, as Poland will first need to meet agreed milestones and targets, some of which will be linked to agreed changes to the country’s judicial system.

Approval has been suspended since the second quarter of 2021 due to concerns about the independence of the country’s judiciary from the eurosceptic and nationalist ruling party PiS and Warsaw’s refusal to comply with the Court of Justice rulings. the EU.

But after months of negotiations and the first changes made to the judicial system by Poland, the Commission and Warsaw have reached an agreement, officials said.

To pave the way, Poland’s parliament voted last Thursday in favor of a bill that would replace a disputed disciplinary chamber for judges – which the EU’s top court ruled illegal – with a new body. Read more

Poland will also need to end or reform its disciplinary regime for courts and begin a process of reinstating judges who have been removed from their posts.

Before any disbursement, the Commission will check whether the changes agreed with Warsaw have been implemented, EU officials said.

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Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by John Chalmers

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