Polish PM accuses EU of discrimination: report
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of discriminating against some countries in the bloc, US television business news channel CNBC has reported.
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“Different countries, different member states are treated quite differently in very similar situations, so this [is] probably a definition of discrimination isn't it?" CNBC cited Morawiecki as saying in an interview earlier this week.
Morawiecki, from Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, citied the examples of fiscal policy and energy.
Referring to a recent clash between Italy and Brussels, Morawiecki said: "One country has a budget deficit of 2.4 percent and another country has a deficit exceeding 3 percent, which is the Maastricht Treaty criteria, and they are treated differently because of some other aspects."
Poland’s ruling conservatives have repeatedly locked horns with the EU in recent years over issues including sweeping changes to the country’s judiciary.
The European Union’s executive in December 2017 took the unprecedented step of triggering the bloc’s punitive Article 7 procedure against Poland, potentially paving the way for sanctions being imposed on Warsaw.
Poland's governing Law and Justice party, which came to power in late 2015, has said that sweeping changes are needed to reform an inefficient and sometimes corrupt judicial system tainted by the communist past.