The advocate general of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) is to issue an opinion on the conditionality mechanism in the EU budget on Thursday. It will be a very important signal for Poland, which is in danger of blocking EU funds. And it is about hundreds of billions of zlotys. Moreover, the information that comes from Brussels shows that Poland is in no hurry to ease the tense situation around the rule of law.
The opinion of the Advocate General of the CJEU is not binding , however, is a suggestion for a final judgment. The EU court can agree with her and this is usually the case. Therefore, a clear signal will be sent from Luxembourg on Thursday to Poland, which has been waging a dispute over the rule of law with the European Union for years.
In this regard, the EU received a very strong weapon at the end of last year. During the negotiations on the community’s multi-annual budget and the Reconstruction Fund, all EU leaders, together with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, agreed on the creation of a conditionality mechanism to be used to protect the EU budget in the event of violations of the rule of law in the Member States. In practice, Brussels will be able to freeze funds for a member state if it determines that there is a risk of their misuse.
The regulation on the conditionality mechanism was challenged by Poland and Hungary. The final verdict should be known in the coming weeks.