March 21, 2018

European Commission defend judicial independence in Poland

Despite many efforts during the past two years to involve the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the framework for the rule of law, the European Commission has decided today that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland. The Commission therefore proposes to the Council to adopt a decision under Article 7 (1) of the EU Treaty.

The Commission simultaneously published today (fourth) recommendation on the rule of law clearly indicating what  steps can be taken by the Polish authorities to tackle the current situation. If the Polish authorities consider implementing the proposed actions, the Commission is prepared – in close consultation with the European Parliament and the Council- to revise its reasoned proposal.
Furthermore, the European Commission decided to take the next step in the ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, which Poland is referred to the European Court of Justice for breaches of EU legislation by the Law on the Ordinary Courts Organization.

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