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Pawel Jablonski’s remarks come days after the Polish and Hungarian governments blocked the EU’s £ 1.6 trillion budget – including its £ 677 billion coronavirus bailout. The two countries are currently the subject of EU investigations for undermining the independence of the judiciary and risk losing access to tens of billions of euros – which prompted their decision to use their veto.

Political differences should not be used to justify financial sanctions

Pawel Jablonski

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Mr Jablonski said: “Since 2016, the Commission has rejected any measures adopted by our government. We have been doing this since 2016.“They don’t treat Poland the same as other member states with very similar regulations. And others are not punished.

“Political differences should not be used to justify the adoption of financial sanctions.

Viktor Orban’s Hungary and Mateusz Morawiecki’s Poland at odds with Brussels (Image: GETTY)

Viktor Orban recently compared the EU to the USSR (Image: GETTY)

“After four years, we no longer have any confidence in the impartiality of these institutions. ”

Explaining Poland’s decision to exercise its veto, he added: “If we validate this economic package, the European Commission would gain great power, which is not even included in European treaties, to punish countries.

“It could be used for purely political reasons against Poland and Hungary.

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Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel assumes rotating EU presidency (Image: GETTY)

Political differences should not be used to justify financial sanctions

Pawel Jablonski

“If we release the European budget on these conditions, without negotiating, the next day the Commission could launch the process which would effectively block all funds for Poland.

He added: “Obviously we want to negotiate. In the last few weeks we have tried to do this, but unfortunately we have seen that the countries of northern Europe are the ones who defend the conditionality criterion the most, and also seek a conflict with the countries of central Europe. and southern.

“We believe that a compromise is possible, but this agreement must be based on the search for a solution which can unite us, and not on the differences between the Member States.

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Pawel Jablonski

Pawel Jablonski, Polish Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Image: Sky News)

Mateusz Morawiecki

Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister Minister de Pologne (Image: GETTY)

In a reference to the European Court of Justice which will strike a chord with Brexiteers such as Nigel Farage, he added: “We also do not agree with any attempt, even by the Luxembourg Court, to use powers which do not belong to the EU or are included in the treaties, but which belong to the member states, such as the organization of a country’s judicial system.

“Spain and Germany have judicial systems in which judges are also chosen on the basis of political criteria and are not questioned, which we respect. But the Commission must not punish anyone. ”

Mr Jablonski’s remarks come days after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched a scathing attack on the EU on state radio in which he accused Brussels of “blackmail on an ideological basis without objective criteria” .

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula of the European Commission from Leyen (Image: Express)

Nigel Farage

Mr Jablonski’s referral to the ECJ will touch Nigel Farage (Image: GETTY)

He added: “This is not what we wanted – we did not create the EU to have a second Soviet Union. ”

Hungary and Poland have come under heavy criticism for their move, most notably by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

The Hungarian-born financier, who supports a wide variety of progressive causes through his Open Society Foundation, claimed this week that the budget veto was “a desperate gamble of two serial violators” and a bib from Viktor Orban and “in a lesser measure ”Jaroslaw Kaczynski to oppose attempts by the EU to place“ a practical limit on personal and political corruption ”.

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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, President of the European Council (Image: GETTY)

He said there was now “virtually no way for the opposition to prevail”, suggesting that Orban “exercises almost total control over the countryside where the majority of the population live”.

Speaking earlier this week with reference to Angela Merkel, who as German leader currently holds the rotating EU presidency, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said of the veto decision: “” We are now working with the rotating presidency who is leading the effort to find a solution.

“We all know that millions of European businesses and citizens are waiting for the answer amid this unprecedented crisis.

“The strength of our union has always been in overcoming difficult situations by engaging with each other so that we continue to work hard to reach an agreement quickly. ”

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)


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