European judges are concerned about the curtailment of the judicial power Poles

European judges are concerned about the curtailment of the judicial power Poles

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The judges in Europe are “dismayed” about the curtailment of the independence of the judiciary in Poland. They targets on two bills adopted by both Chambers of the Polish parliament. A third proposal has already been submitted.

The European dome of councils for the judiciary (ENCJ) has on Monday issued a statement about the “very serious situation” that has arisen. The first bill is paving the way for political appointments of the members of the Polish Council for the judiciary. The second bill regulates that the minister of Justice, presidents of courts may not replace.

In the third bill state that the members of the Supreme court in Poland, the highest rechtsorgaan in that country, be put unless the attorney general john appointed them. The Dutch council for the judiciary drew earlier this year when the cabinet and parliament to the call because of worries about the developments in Poland.

Also in Poland, protesting citizens against the judicial reforms of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS).


The European Commission is also very concerned about the latest developments. Vice-president Frans Timmermans has been longer than a year a dialogue on the rule of law with the nationalist government in Warsaw, but who has as yet little delivered. A large majority of the EU member states supports him in his efforts Poland back on the European path.

Timmermans talks to his medecommissarissen Wednesday in Brussels at the weekly meeting of the commission on the state of affairs.

The Polish government sees the “interference’ from Brussels as interference in internal affairs and rejects the criticism. Human rights organizations and a part of the European Parliament argue that Poles are voting in the European Council is taken away.

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