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EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is today set to approve Poland’s national recovery plan despite rule of law concerns. Warsaw country could get € 23.9 billion in European Union grants and € 11.5 billion in loans over several years. Read the article.

Source: Reuters

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European Parliament will not accept deal-making with rule of law violators. As reported by Laurent Pech, LIBE Committee President Juan F López Aguilar summoning Ursula von der Leyen following her decision to financially reward Poland. An urgent exchange of views on the rule of law is necessary. Read more.

Source: Laurent Pech

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Unlocking EU recovery funds for Poland notwithstanding all evidence of continuous and systemic violations encourages lawlessness, tacitly accepts political blackmail and disregards the rule of law and EU values. Read Anna Wójcik thread.

Source: Anna Wójcik

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As noted by Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy Thu Nguyen, the EU Commission cannot approve national recovery plans on its own. The final decision on National Recovery and Resilience Facility Plans is in the hands of the Council. Read more.

Source: Thu Nguyen

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EU sanctions on Russian oil ‘not enough’, affirms Ihor Zhovkva, Ukraine deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. EU countries have been struggling to agree on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia for almost a month. The outcome of the latest EU Council meeting has been described as ‘far too slow, far too late and definitely not enough’ by Ukraine official.

Source: EU Observer

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