Poland will enter into dialogue with CJEU on judicial reform – dep. PM

The Polish government will talk to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) over disputes triggered by Poland’s overhaul of the country’s judicial system.

In an article published in La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, on Monday, Jaroslaw Gowin said that "the scope of the CJEU's jurisdiction is a topic that is arousing a lively discussion in a growing number of European countries.

"The Polish government will certainly enter into a dialogue with the CJEU. Personally, I can say that I see room for compromise," he added.

On Thursday the court ruled that Poland's disciplinary system for judges was in conflict with EU law and therefore Poland has to suspend the functioning of a new disciplinary panel at the Supreme Court.

The Disciplinary Chamber can strip judges of immunity, suspend them and impose penalties on them. But critics of the new body claim it is polticised because ruling party politicians have significant influence on who sits on the panel.

The Polish government, which is led by the conservative party Law and Justice, has said that the CJEU has no jurisdiction over how the Polish justice system is organised.

Gowin added, however, that he had distanced himself from the judicial overhaul because "it was carried out without the necessary dialogue with the judges."

He went on to say: "I consider it a failure, but I am convinced that Poland remains a democratic state ruled by law."

The deputy prime minister also pointed out that he was critical of the European Commission because, in his opinion, "it delves too deeply into the activities of governments."

"I say this, at the national level, as an advocate of European integration, not as its enemy," he said.