Locked content Duda appoints new Supreme Court judges ignoring court decision

President Andrzej Duda appointed on Wednesday 27 new judges to the Supreme Court despite the court’s ruling to suspend the procedure until the European Court of Justice verdict in that matter. “This is another stage of the judiciary reform that has been carried out, a very important one. It is, rest...

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...

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 Media: EU funds for Poland to be cut by 23% in the new budget

According to media reports, in the new European Union 7-year financial framework, cohesion policy funds for Poland will be 23 percent smaller than in the current one. Still, with €64.4 billion that Warsaw will get is the biggest amount among EU member states. The second will be Italy, with €38.6 bil...

Brussels hopes to reach compromise over rule of law by June

The European Commission deputy president Frans Timmermans said that he hopes that Poland and EU will settle a dispute over the rule of law soon and mentioned the June 26 meeting of the General Affairs Council as a “make or break” date. “I hope the Polish government will see that it has to take a few...

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 EU dismisses Poland’s defense of judiciary overhaul

The European Commission’s deputy head, Frans Timmermans, said that the white paper presented by Poland on the country’s judiciary reforms is not an answer the Brussels was looking for. “There was agreement across the table that this white paper is not the answer to the Commission’s recommendations. ...

Locked content Ireland halts Pole extradition over judiciary overhaul

An Irish High Court judge has suspended the extradition case of Polish drug dealer and referred the case to the European Court of Justice over concerns that recent judicial reforms have been “so immense” that the rule of law in Poland has been damaged. The suspect, Artur C. (last name withheld due t...