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Polish parliament approves controversial reform supreme court

Polish parliament approves controversial reform supreme court

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The lower house of the Polish parliament Thursday approved a controversial law to be the judges of the supreme court to replace, except those who have already been through the minister of Justice are appointed.

The opposition called the bill of the ruling party PiS erosion of the independent judiciary and the undermining of democracy. Also, the EU expressed its concern.

The Polish senate must act to approve, but also in that college, the conservative and eurosceptic party Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski in the majority.

The deputies went to Friday night already agree with a law, which their more of a say in the appointment of judges. According to the critics goes against the constitution, that separation of powers requires.

The opponents also responded now with dismay. “It is a black day in the history of Poland,” said Grzegorz Schetyna, the leader of the opposition party citizens ‘ platform (PO). Outside the parliament building was demonstrated. Later in the evening a large influx expected at a protest for the presidential palace in Warsaw.

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According to EU sources, would the Polish president Andrzej Duda reject with EU president Donald Tusk about the justitiehervormingen to talk. He would be a invitation of Tusk, himself a Pole, and ex-prime minister of the country, have turned into.

According to Duda’s chief of staff see the president “no room for the intervention of the head of the European Council”, reports the Polish news agency PAP. The Polish ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice gave earlier this week even though not at home with a request for dialogue of Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission.

In Brussels and many member states there is particular concern about four new laws on the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) judicial reforms to make. According to Timmermans threaten them separately all the independence of the judiciary, but all four together bring them to justice under the full political control of the government.

Timmermans called Warsaw Wednesday on the laws “on hold” and prepares in the meantime, legal action for.

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