Poland is set to receive €5.1B ($5.56B) in advanced payments as part of an EU program to reduce reliance on Russian fossil fuels, the EU Commission announced Tuesday.
The funds are a part of the REPowerEU scheme and are separate from the €34.5B originally requested by Warsaw under the bloc's COVID recovery fund. Brussels has restricted the original sum from being distributed until the country withdraws planned reforms that it says undermine the independence of Poland's judiciary system.
These funds will help to revolutionize green energy in Poland, allowing the EU to become independent of Russian fossil fuels long before the 2030 goal. They are crucial in enabling the nation to become greener and shift reliance away from Russian fuel amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine — the EU Commission should avoid putting too many obstacles in the way of this funding.
Although funds have already been approved for Poland by the EU, the majority of the money will not be doing anything anytime soon. Poland needs to do some serious work fixing its internal judicial systems before the money can be released — without proper systems of justice and accountability in Poland, the EU Commission cannot afford to endorse the nation.
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