Poland passes judiciary, wind farm laws in bid to unlock EU funds
Poland’s parliament on Wednesday (8 February) passed two pieces of legislation the government hopes will unblock billions in European Union funds, but doubts remained over whether the president would sign the judicial reform bill into law.
The most contentious reforms for those in Poland’s ruling camp concern the judicial system.
To become law, the bill needs to be signed by President Andrzej Duda. He can also veto it or refer it to the Constitutional Tribunal for review.
“We will now continue to follow the next steps in the legislative process,” Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice, said on Twitter.
The lower house parliament also passed legislation changing some of Europe’s strictest rules on developing wind farms, backtracking on a government proposal that had aimed to more than double the existing capacity. That bill now goes to the upper house.
Poland’s controversial wind energy law voted on this week
The Polish Parliament is working to amend the country’s infamous wind turbine act, which currently blocks onshore wind farm development in Poland, but critics say the new version does little to solve the problem.