WARSAW, Poland — The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that Poland violated EU rules by failing to respect the ruling of the constitutional court and should be penalized 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) a day until it complies.
The European Commission, which made the initial complaint, said its legal adviser said after hearing arguments Monday that he was ruling in favor of a formal warning over the matter.
It said in a statement that the amount the Polish government must pay is not yet clear because it can be adjusted if the Polish government appeals.
Poland’s conservative government says it rejects the legal opinion.
The EU gave Warsaw a year to comply with a 2014 ruling by the constitutional court that suspended the ruling of lower courts who had been blocked by the right-wing party which has been in power since 2016. It also stopped Poland’s ministers from writing new laws.
After consulting at an informal summit, leaders of the 27 remaining EU members on Monday and Tuesday officially agreed the appointment of a team to monitor the problem.
They also decided to review on July 22 the level of the level of sanctions against Poland, which include halting development funds to the country. Poland is the largest single recipient of EU funds, mostly for pensioner and medical care.