Locked content EU sues Poland over judiciary overhaul

The European Commission has sued the Polish government over its judiciary overhaul. “The European Commission maintains that the Polish law on the Supreme Court is incompatible with EU law as it undermines the principle of judicial independence, including the irremovability of judges,” the Commission...

Locked content Poland under increased scrutiny from Brussels over the rule of law

The European Commission’s concerns about the rule of law in Poland are growing – said on Tuesday the deputy head of the European Commission Frans Timmermans at the conference after hearing regarding Article 7 procedures against Poland. He added that regarding the recent Supreme Court ove...

Locked content Poland pushes new laws to replace Supreme Court leader

Ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party adopted another round of amends to the bills on the judiciary, making firing and appointing judges by politicians even easier. The new law allows the government to select new Supreme Court leader when only two-thirds of the positions on the Supreme Court are filled...

Brussels launches new case against Poland over Supreme Court reform

The European Commission launched a new case against Poland over changes to the Supreme Court which it claims undermines judicial independence in the country. The new law, which comes into force on Tuesday, lowers the retirement age for Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which affects one-third of t...

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 Judicial reform may undermine rule of law and hurt FDIs – Moody’s

According to ratings agency Moody’s latest report on the CEE region, the latest judiciary overhaul in Poland could erode rule of law and negatively affect the economic sentiment and foreign investments. “The agency believes that a less predictable political environment will limit the credit profile ...

Morawiecki: I expect EU to launch Article 7 procedure

Newly appointed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during his first trip to Brussels in a new role, that he fully expects that the European Commission will launch Article 7 procedures against Poland. “If a process has started and, as far as I understand, the decision has already been made that n...

Locked content New protests against judiciary reform

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Parliament, where the Law and Justice dominated Senate was scheduled to vote on the judiciary reform which would give the power to nominate judges to the Parliament. Numerous scuffles broke out between protesters and the police, as demonstrators attemp...

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...