Locked content PiS proposes changes to judiciary reform

Ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party announced that it is ready to make amends to its judicial reform in response to the European Commission criticism that they undermine the rule of law. “This is a step in the direction to ease the concerns presented by the European Commission. We hope that these ste...

Locked content Poland warns EU over judiciary overhaul pressure

PM Mateusz Morawiecki presented the European Commission with the white paper on the country’s judiciary reforms, which EU is criticizing and warned that the bloc’s pressure and criticism could backfire. “It can lead to the growth of populist political forces, seeking to dismantle or weaken … the Eur...

Locked content EU Parliament approves Article 7 procedure against Poland

MEPs approved by 422 to 147 a resolution which supports the European Commission’s decision to trigger Article 7 against Poland for passing constitutional reforms that undermine the independence of the judiciary. The lawmakers also urged the European Council to “swiftly determine” whether Poland is a...

Locked content Poles divided over Article 7 – CBOS poll

According to the latest CBOS poll, 43 percent of Poles do not agree with the European Commission decision to launch Article 7 procedure against Poland. As many as 38 percent agree with it, while 19 percent do not have an opinion on this matter. When it comes to reasons why the procedure was launched...

Locked content EU warns Poland it could lose funding

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned Poland that it could lose financially if it refuses to change its stance on the controversial judiciary reform. “Either the rule of law and the independence of courts would constitute a condition for claiming European budgetary resources. Or otherwise...

Morawiecki and Orban to EU: migration policy has failed

EU member states should decide on their own who they want to accept, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said during his visit to Budapest adding that the EU’s migration policy has failed. “In terms of migration and quotas that were to be imposed on (EU) member countries we strongly reject such an approach as it ...

Locked content Orban: We will block any EU action on Poland

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Hungary sees Poland as its ally, and so will block any action to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the EU. “We need to make it clear to the EU that it is pointless to even start proceedings against Poland as there is no chance of seeing it through̷...

Locked content May in Poland: Your constitution is your own matter

During her visit in Poland, British PM Theresa May said that Poland’s constitution is Warsaw’s internal issue, and should not be interfered with. “These constitutional issues are normally, and should be primarily a matter for the individual country concerned,” she said, striking a different tone, th...

Locked content Fitch: Article 7 procedure could affect future EU subsidies

The European Commission’s recommendation that Article VII procedures should be launched against Poland should not have a material short-term impact on growth or public finances, but can affect the negotiations for the next EU funding cycle, Fitch Ratings agency said. “Cuts in EU funds and/or a...

EU launches Article 7 procedure against Poland

In an unprecedented move, the European Commission will ask other EU member states to declare that Poland’s judiciary overhaul constitutes “a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values.” If the states agree, Warsaw’s voting rights would be suspended.