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EU deducts EUR 30 mln from Poland's funds to cover unpaid fines

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The European Commission has deducted tens of millions of euros from Poland's EU funds in order to cover fines Warsaw has refused to pay for failing to comply with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling to suspend operations at a coal mine.

Polish media outlets first reported Wednesday that the money had been withheld, with their findings later confirmed by the Finance Ministry, wrote news portal Notes From Poland.

It is the first time the EU has ever taken such action against a member state. Just over EUR 30 million has been deducted so far, a figure that is likely to rise significantly as Poland currently still owes almost EUR 200 million in unpaid fines.

That number is growing EUR 1 million every day due to Poland's failure to close its disciplinary chamber for judges, as ordered in a separate ECJ ruling.

The Finance Ministry told online radio RMF that the missing funds will be replaced from Poland's state budget, and assured that no beneficiaries of the programs will be affected. 

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