Last July, the European Commission opened an unprecedented investigation into the rule of law in Poland – a procedure that is started when there are concerns that a particular country is going against the EU's democratic values.
At the time, the commission said that it was only taking "preliminary action" but after several dialogues with the Polish government over the last 11 months, the commission could be close from proposing penalties to Poland for not addressing the EU's concerns.
"The Commission has already expressed concerns on a few occasions about the state of the rule of law in Poland," Mina Andreeva, a spokesperson for the commission told reporters on Monday.
Though there is no deadline for the European Commission to propose such penalties – which could go as far as removing the country's voting rights at the EU level, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has decided to include the issue on this Wednesday's weekly meeting.
The political discontent in Poland is another problem at the EU table at a time when the region needs to deal with Brexit, an economic crisis in Greece, the rise of populism, among others.
Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and now head of the European Council, said last Saturday that whoever was undermining the "European model of democracy" in Poland was "exposing us all to strategic risks".