Poland has complied with CJEU on disciplinary chamber, official says

Piotr Mueller, the government spokesperson, said the chamber's liquidation under the new Supreme Court law should free Poland from the fine obligation, and informed that Poland has already moved to the EC for its annulment. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland has complied with the EU's demand for the closure of a disciplinary chamber for judges at Poland's Supreme Court and should no longer be fined, a government official said on Monday.


Last summer the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that Poland should close down the chamber, contested by the EC as restrictive to the independence of judges. Poland's initial refusal to obey the ruling led to the EU imposing an EUR 1 million per day fine on Warsaw.

Last Friday, a new law on the Supreme Court replaced the disciplinary chamber with a Professional Responsibility Chamber, which according to Poland meets the CJEU ruling. However, the EC has as yet not withdrawn its original charges in the matter, nor suspended the fine.

Piotr Mueller, the government spokesperson, said the chamber's liquidation under the new Supreme Court law should free Poland from the fine obligation, and informed that Poland has already moved to the EC for its annulment.

"We have carried out the CJEU's ruling regarding the closure of the disciplinary chamber... We will move, or, in fact, we have already moved... for the discontinuation of this fine because the reason for its imposition has become invalid," Mueller said.

The liquidation of the disciplinary chamber is also one of the so-called "milestones" the EC has demanded Poland to fulfil before it can receive around EUR 35 billion in grants and loans from an EU post-pandemic recovery fund.