EC appeals to Poland to suspend work on court bill

In her letter Jourova strongly encouraged the Polish authorities to consult the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on this project. Olivier Hoslet/PAP/EPA

The European Commission has turned to the Polish president, prime minister and parliament to suspend work on a bill regarding courts until further consultations, EC spokesman Christian Wigand told a Friday press conference.

Wigand said that yesterday (Thursday), the deputy head of the European Commission Vera Jourova sent a letter to the Polish president, the Sejm and Senate speakers and the Polish PM regarding a bill in the Polish parliament that raises concerns of the European Commission.

In her letter Jourova strongly encouraged the Polish authorities to consult the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on this project. She also encouraged all state authorities to suspend the proceedings on the project until all necessary consultations were carried out.

Wigand added that the EC would be grateful for information on the Polish government's intentions with regard to a bill amending court laws now being reviewed by parliament.

At the same time, Wigand added that the EC remains ready to engage itself in a constructive dialogue with the Polish authorities.