Locked content EU confirms that it wants to tie funds to rule of law

The EU’s is working on a proposal that could oblige member states such as Poland, which has clashed with Brussels over its judiciary reforms, to pass tests on the independence of their judicial systems before receiving funding. “One way could be to insist that independent justice systems are necessa...

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...

Locked content UN judicial expert calls Polish judiciary overhaul ‘political...

The UN independent expert on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán criticized Poland for its judiciary reforms, calling them “political.” “These new laws are part of a larger plan aimed at placing the judiciary under the political control of the ruling party,” García-Sayán said ...

Locked content Duda signs judicial overhaul bill

President Andrzej Duda has signed into law two bills overhauling the judiciary. “These were my bills, there was no reason not to sign them. I would like these bills to be thoroughly analyzed by the European institutions so that there would be a fact-based discussion, not political activity,” he said...
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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.

Locked content European Parliament demands triggering Article 7 against Poland

MEP voted to demand that EU member states punish Poland by triggering Article 7 of the EU treaty which would strip Warsaw of its voting rights in the European Parliament. While 438 lawmakers voted for and 152 against the motion, triggering Article 7 is highly unlikely as it requires unanimity, and H...

Locked content Duda and PiS ‘close reaching a compromise’ over judiciary reforms

After the latest meeting on Friday, representatives of the ruling Law and Justice party, and President Andrzej Duda said that they’re close reaching a compromise on judiciary reforms. “Law and Justice has made huge concessions when it comes to the judiciary reform. I think that we are close to an ag...

Locked content US State Department criticizes judiciary overhaul

“The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial independence and weaken the rule of law in Poland,” US State Department said in a statement. “We urge all sides to ensure that any judicial reform does not violate Poland’s constitution or international leg...
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Sejm passes controversial judiciary system overhaul

Amidst controversy, the Sejm has passed the vote on judiciary reforms, with 235 votes in favor, 192 against and 23 abstentions. The new law will allow for the immediate forced retirement of all Supreme Court judges and their president, whose term is set in the constitution. It will also create three...