EU: Independence of the Polish judiciary

EU ministers launched hearings on Tuesday into perceived threats to the rule of law in Poland. They also urged Warsaw to step back from contested judicial reforms which the EU says puts Poland’s courts under more political control. The European Commission has triggered a punitive procedure against Poland for weakening the rule of law, the first time it has used the provision. Tuesday’s meeting will see European affairs and foreign ministers from the other 27 EU states quiz their Polish counterpart. “There can’t be any political discounts when it comes to the rule of law,” said Michael Roth, European affairs minister for Germany, which made a joint presentation with France at the meeting. “We need substantial advances, especially when it comes to the independence of the Polish judiciary.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s