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Constitutional Tribunal Delays Verdict On EU Fines Again

POLAND

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal postponed the announcement of its verdict on the compliance of parts of EU treaties regulating the possibility of imposing financial penalties on member states with Poland's basic law until December 11, according to the updated docket available on the judicial body's website.

  • The Tribunal was due to announce its ruling on November 30 before pushing it back to today, reportedly due to the illness of one of the judges. The announcement has now been postponed further until 10:00GMT/11:00CET next Monday.
  • Note that this implies that the Tribunal will unveil its ruling around the time when Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will be delivering his policy speech in parliament, in the final stage of his futile attempt to form government.
  • Civic Coalition's Donald Tusk is expected to take office as Poland's Prime Minister later on Monday or on Tuesday, before travelling to the European Council summit as head of government on Wednesday (December 13).
  • A negative verdict could throw some sand into the gears of the incoming administration amid its efforts to put earlier conflicts with Brussels behind and secure access to Poland's share of EU funds.

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