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Polish President Duda has signed an amendment to the law on the Supreme Court that abolishes the contested Disciplinary Chamber for judges. This was a necessary condition for Poland to unlock the long-delayed billions in EU Covid recovery funds. The final shape of the presidential bill was decided by the Polish Parliament on Thursday. MPs rejected most of the amendments and certain elements were modified. The European Commission will assess whether the reform is in accordance with the rule of law milestones. Read the article.

Source: Wyborcza in English

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Vetoes are killing European unity, affirms MEP Guy Verhofstadt, member of the Renew Europe group. Important decisions can only be taken with unanimity among all member states. The veto is seen as undemocratic and as preventing Europe from speaking with one voice. Read the petition.

Source: Guy Verhofstadt

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‘The EU-UK relationship must be based on the full respect of our legally binding commitments’, affirms Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations & Foresigh, in a statement on the UK government’s decision to table a bill disapplying core elements of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Read his statement.

Source: Maroš Šefčovič

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‘The Commission will urge EU candidate status for war-ravaged Ukraine’. During Ursula von der Leyen’s visit to Kyiv, she discussed Ukraine’s membership bid with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Recognizing Ukraine as a candidate country ultimately requires the unanimous approval of the 27 EU leaders on the European Council, who are expected to take up the question at a summit meeting next week. Candidate status, if granted, is just the start of a far longer process. Read the article.

Source: POLITICOEurope

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