Barbara Bodalska

Central Europe 26-09-2018

Polish PM Morawiecki: The Commission is breaking the dialogue with Poland

The Polish government "is constantly discussing the law on the Supreme Court" while the European Commission had decided "on a step that would hamper this dialogue to some extent", Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday (September 25). EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 20-08-2018

Polish PM: Poland sets the standards in the EU

"Poland sets the standards, ideas and proposals that are copied by the whole of Europe," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during an election campaign event for the local elections which are scheduled for 21 October. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Future EU 31-07-2018

Polish EP electoral code change potential flashpoint between Brussels and Warsaw

The Polish Senate approved the amendments to the Polish electoral law for the European elections in 2019 – an issue that could become another flashpoint in the rule of law dispute between Warsaw and Brussels. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Circular economy 25-07-2018

Commission concerned with Poland’s ‘waste mafia’

In connection with reports of a Polish 'waste mafia' earning money from garbage, the Commission has announced that it would monitor the situation. However, it emphasised that enforcement is the responsibility of the member states. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Energy 12-06-2018

Poland wants to speed up progress on gas directive

Ten EU member states support Poland's position which calls for accelerating work on the amendment to the European gas directive, aimed against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Polish deputy finance minister: Euro in Poland yes, but not yet

Joining the eurozone is not a solution for the present day, Poland's deputy finance minister Leszek Skiba told the Polish parliament on Wednesday (18 April). But he admitted that a stable euro area is in Poland's interest and joining it at the right time could prove to be beneficial. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 28-03-2018

Rule of law: Chance for compromise between Warsaw and Brussels?

Members of Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party have proposed amendments to the controversial laws governing the Polish judicial system that put Warsaw in the crosshairs of the European Commission. It is still unclear if these changes will soothe the dispute or if they are just empty gestures. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Baltic states against EU sanctions on Poland

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have confirmed that they are against imposing EU sanctions on Poland for alleged breaches to the rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.

EU expects effective dialogue with Poland

Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans voiced satisfaction that Poland has started a dialogue with Brussels. However, such a dialogue only makes sense when it brings results, he emphasised. Meanwhile, the Polish side is preparing a White Paper to defend its position. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 16-02-2018

Poland critical of linking EU funds to rule of law

The European Commission's proposal to link EU budget funds to the rule of law was seen as putting Brussels on a collision course with Poland. Jean-Claude Juncker recognised that there is a chance for rapprochement in the dispute with Warsaw. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 07-02-2018

Polish President signs anti-defamation bill, causing international protests

Polish President Andrzej Duda signed on Tuesday (6 February) the controversial IPN Act, while at the same time referring it to the Constitutional Court for a final ruling. US officials have expressed disappointment over the Polish step, Ukraine lambasted the law and Israel declared it counts on “changes and amendments.” EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 01-02-2018

Survey: Poles think Article 7 ‘nuclear’ decision is unjustified

Polish authorities claim that the launch of Article 7 against their country as unjustifiable. Citizens are divided on the issue and nearly half of them believe the Commission is just acting because it does not like the current authorities in Warsaw. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 31-01-2018

European Parliament to vote on ‘nuclear option’ against Poland

The European Parliament's justice committee voted on Monday (29 January) in favour of launching the "nuclear option" against Poland. PiS chairman Jarosław Kaczyński insisted that Poland might only face "some impediments, inconveniences." EURACTIV Poland reports.

Timmermans and Poland’s new foreign minister dig for common ground

Poland's new foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans met for the first time in Brussels, where they spoke about the rule of law in Poland and the issue of refugees. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Future EU 18-01-2018

Germany and Poland to explore revived ‘Weimar Triangle’

On Wednesday (17 January), Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin. The ministers spoke about the dispute over the rule of law in Poland, the future of the EU and a possible revival of the Weimar Triangle. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Polish PM Morawiecki to meet Juncker over dinner for the first time

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will meet Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for the first time in Brussels on Tuesday (9 January). The rule of law in Poland will be one of the main topics to be discussed during the working dinner, in which Vice-President Frans Timmermans will also take part. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 12-12-2017

New Polish government has old make-up

Polish President Andrzej Duda yesterday (December 11) swore in the new government of Mateusz Morawiecki. The composition of the new cabinet differs from Beata Szydło's only in the point, that the former prime minister switched seats with her deputy, remaining without a concrete portfolio. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 11-12-2017

Polish president Duda: Enough with dependency

Polish President Andrzej Duda inaugurated on Tuesday (December 5) the centenary of independence before the National Assembly. In his address, he appealed for  the rejection of "false shame infused with us for years on our national history and identity.” EURACTIV Poland reports.

Environment minister: Poland has to win at the European Court of Justice

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko announced at Sunday's (3 December) meeting in Białowieża that he would appear before the EU Court of Justice on the main trial over the Białowieża Forest. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Venice Commission active on Poland, expects the same from Warsaw

The Venice Commission is waiting for the response of the Polish government regarding the sent draft opinions on the reform of the judiciary in Poland, as well as for confirmation that a representative of the Polish government will participate in the next plenary session of the Commission. EURACTIV Poland reports.

European Parliament sets in motion ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday (15 November) a resolution calling for the application of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ for Poland, Article 7 of the EU Treaty, because of the threat to the rule of law in the biggest Eastern European country. EURACTIV Poland reports.
15-11-2017

Eastern Partnership supports Georgia’s European aspirations

The Eastern Partnership summit will uphold the offer of tightening EU-Georgia relations, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a joint press conference with Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström and Georgia’s Mikheil Janelidze in Tbilisi on Tuesday (14 November). EURACTIV Poland reports.
KPRM
Central Europe 15-11-2017

Szydlo: Poland is not going to leave the EU

"Poland belongs to the EU and the EU belongs to Poland," Prime Minister Beata Szydło affirmed as the European Union considers launching an unprecedented infringement procedure against Warsaw over the rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Politics 14-11-2017

‘Nuclear option’ against Poland?

MEPs will on Wednesday (15 November) discuss and adopt a resolution on the rule of law in Poland. The draft contains a request for the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to prepare a report - the first step towards initiating the infringement procedure of Article 7 against the country. EURACTIV Poland reports.