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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland will oppose a European Union proposal to cut funding to countries where the rule of law is deemed under threat, the foreign minister said Monday, calling it unfair political pressure that would hurt the country while letting others off the hook for different problems.
Jacek Czaputowicz spoke to The Associated Press two days before the European Commission proposes tough new rules for the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget. Last week, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the plan would include a “rule of law mechanism” that would link funding to observing democratic principles.
“We see this as an intention to exert pressure on some states, as political pressure before talks,” Czaputowicz said. “For this reason, we have a very negative opinion about these ideas…”
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