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POLAND no longer has faith in the "impartiality of EU institutions", the country's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs has said during a controversial interview certain to stoke the escalating row between his country and Brussels.

PUBLISHED: 15:09, Sat, Nov 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:09, Sat, Nov 21, 2020

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Pawel Jablonski's remarks come days after the governments of Poland and Hungary blocked the EU's £1.6 trillion budget - including its £677trillion coronavirus rescue package. Both countries are currently the subject of EU investigations for undermining judicial independence, and face the prospect of losing access to tens of billions of euros - prompting their decision to use their vetoes.

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Political differences should not be used as a justification for undertaking financial sanctions

Pawel Jablonski

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Mr Jablonski said: "Since 2016, the Commission rejects any measure adopted by our Government. We have been this way since 2016.

"They do not treat Poland the same as other Member States with very similar regulations. And others are not punished.

"Political differences should not be used as a justification for undertaking financial sanctions.

Viktor Orban Mateusz MorawieckiViktor Orban's Hungary and Mateusz Morawiecki's Poland are both at odds with Brussels (Image: GETTY)

Viktor OrbanViktor Orban recently compared the EU to the USSR (Image: GETTY)

"After four years, we no longer have any confidence in the impartiality of these institutions."

Explaining Poland's decision to exercise its veto, he added: "If we validate this economic package, the European Commission would obtain great power, which is not even included in European Treaties, to punish countries.

"It could be used for purely political reasons against Poland and Hungary.

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Political differences should not be used as a justification for undertaking financial sanctions

Pawel Jablonski

"If we unblock the European budget on these terms, without negotiating, the next day the Commission could start the process that would effectively block all funds for Poland.

He added: "Clearly, we want to negotiate. In recent weeks we have tried to do so, but unfortunately we have seen that the northern European countries are the ones that most defend the conditionality criterion, and also seek a conflict with the countries of Central and Southern Europe.

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