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...

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 Most EU members support linking funds to rule of law – reports

A significant number of EU member states are in favor of the proposal to link access to funds with the rule of law. “This issue was discussed during the sherpa discussions (representatives of countries preparing the EU), a significant group of member states said that the future Commission proposal s...