Protecting the EU finances: MEPs conclude a fact-finding go to to Poland | News | European Parliament

Protecting the EU finances: MEPs conclude a fact-finding go to to Poland | News | European Parliament

“We wish to see EU restoration funds attain as many individuals and organisations in Poland, given all that they’re doing to assist these fleeing the warfare and the injury achieved by the pandemic. However, we as MEPs want to make sure that EU taxpayers’ cash is protected and pretty distributed, and what we’ve seen on our go to right here raises considerations. It appears that there are systemic issues attributable to the federal government that stop Poland from assembly all circumstances for receiving the EU cash. In specific, there are points referring to their adherence to the rulings of the European Court of Justice,” Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE), head of the delegation, stated on the finish of the go to.

“We made an effort to look from all angles on the distribution and administration of EU funds in Poland, to verify whether or not there are methods in place to guard the EU’s monetary pursuits. We targeted on present EU funding below shared administration and located that the methods to guard and management the EU funds are in place. However, we ask the federal government to make up for the injury achieved to SME’s which have been victims of the misuse of funds by letterbox corporations in cooperation with large corporations.

“Regarding the Recovery and Resilience Facility cash (RRF), we had been knowledgeable that the administration and management methods for RRF funds haven’t but been determined nor ready.”

“After talking with authorities and opposition politicians, prosecutors and judges, NGO representatives, journalists, paying and oversight authorities, in addition to the Polish audit authority, we now should analyse the complaints and considerations round specific circumstances in depth. There are indicators that the distribution of public funds, together with EU cash, is more and more politicised and that the difficult standards for the receipt of EU funds hamper its truthful distribution,” Ms. Hohlmeier stated.

“The lack of an unbiased judiciary, and political interventions into the work of judges and prosecutors, offers us motive to be involved a few rising systemic downside with the unbiased verification of the spending of EU funds. We anticipate respect for the separation of powers that may be a basic pillar of European legislation. We additionally name on the Polish authorities to urgently begin cooperating with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), in order that EU-wide tax fraud and cash laundering schemes might be correctly prosecuted,” she added.

“A stunning revelation for us was the restrictions in place on Poland’s nationwide court docket of auditors. It is essential that the audit authorities are unbiased, and that they’re protected and empowered to do all audits as they deem acceptable. We are very involved in regards to the ongoing political strain on members of the court docket, the prohibition on nominations of court docket members, the refusal of their entry to essential paperwork”.

“Similarly, we had been knowledgeable of a scarcity of transparency by the state establishments in direction of members of the Polish Sejm and in direction of the press. This is worrying, given we face the disbursement of restoration funds in a system the place there’s extra nationwide duty required and the place Parliament and the Commission can have much less energy of oversight and management”.

“We will comply with up on the data we obtained throughout our go to and embrace it in 2023’s discharge course of, in addition to passing it on to the Commission, the European Court of Auditors, the EU anti-fraud watchdog OLAF and the EPPO”, she concluded.

Delegation programme

Participating MEPs met with unbiased investigative journalists, with Polish parliament (Sejm) and the state secretary, prosecutors and judges, Warsaw’s mayor, enterprise homeowners with judicial points, and Poland’s Supreme Audit authority. MEPs additionally visited the European Border and Coast Guard agency’s (Frontex) headquarters to continue discussions following Parliament’s preliminary resolution to postpone the approval of Frontex’s accounts.

Members within the delegation

Monika Hohlmeier (Head of delegation) (EPP, Germany)

Tomáš Zdechovský (EPP, Czechia)

Lara Wolters (S&D, Netherlands)

Ramona Strugariu (RENEW, Romania)

Mikulas Peksa (Greens/EFA, Czechia)

Joachim Kuhs (ID, Germany)

Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, Spain) (accompanying member)



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