Locked content Venice Commission: Polish judiciary reform poses serious risk

The Venice Commission, a panel of constitutional law experts of the human rights body Council of Europe, said that Poland’s court overhaul poses serious risks to all parts of the country’s judiciary. The Commission also said that giving the Polish parliament the right to select members of the Nation...

Locked content Parliament approves judiciary overhaul

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party passed a controversial legislation, giving the parliament control over the judiciary system. The new law, yet to be approved by Senat and President Andrzej Duda, lowers the retirement age for the Supreme Court’s judges to 65 from 70, effectively forcing the imm...

Locked content New protests over judiciary reform

Thousands of Poles in different cities took to streets on weekend, after ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) MPs gave preliminary approval to bills which will give them the power to replace the country’s judges. Several thousand people in more than 100 cities protested the bills again on Friday night...

Locked content Duda and PiS reach compromise over judiciary reforms?

According to the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) MP Stanisław Piotrowicz both sides have reached the compromise regarding the judiciary reforms. “We’ve reached a preliminary agreement … I hope that in late November we could discuss the project in parliament,” Piotrowicz said. According to media s...

Locked content EC to raise pressure on Poland – Reuters

The European Commission will ask EU member states to take a stand on whether the Polish government is abusing democratic standards, according to three sources quoted by Reuters. Brussels wants to discuss the case at the upcoming ministerial meeting planned for September 25. The discussion is aimed t...

Locked content Brussels not satisfied with Poland’s response over rule of law

Despite the previous media reports, the European Commission decided to continue its case against Poland for infringing the rule of law. “We remain open to dialogue, we remain open to finding constructive solutions. But, at the same time, we must discuss internally in the Commission, and with member ...