Commission deducts Poland’s EU funds over unpaid fines

In an unprecedented move, the EU Commission has started the procedure to deduct EU funds, slated for Poland, over Warsaw’s failure to pay fines already imposed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over a polluting lignite mine, the commission said Tuesday. Poland has refused to shut the mine, close to the Czech border, or pay the fines, which the ECJ set at €500,000 per day.

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