Politicians from both the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party and the main opposition grouping have welcomed the appointment of a new ombudsman after five months of political bickering over who should have the job.
Poland's Senate on Wednesday approved the appointment of Professor Marcin Wiącek to the post of ombudsman at the sixth attempt to fill the position due to party disagreements.
The Polish justice minister has expressed his satisfaction with Poland’s top court Wednesday ruling that the interim measures imposed on the Polish judicial system by the top European court are against the Polish constitution.
The Constitutional Tribunal adjourned in a case concerning the primacy of Poland's constitution over EU law after hearing sides to the dispute on Tuesday.
Poland's Sejm (lower house), on Tuesday, appointed independent Senator Lidia Staroń to the position of Ombudsman. Her appointment must still be confirmed by the Senate.
Adam Bodnar, the departing Polish ombudsman, has accused the government of trying to restrict his operations and failing to observe democratic standards.
Poland's Senate (upper house) on Thursday rejected the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) candidate, Bartłomiej Wróblewski, for the post of ombudsman. There were 48 votes for, 49 against and 2 abstentions.
Poland’s commissioner for human rights has criticised EU institutions for dragging their feet in dealing with alleged rule of law infringements by the Polish state.
The Sejm on Thursday voted to appoint a Law and Justice MP as Poland's next ombudsman.
Vera Jourova, the European Commission’s vice-president for values and transparency, has expressed the Commission’s “concern” after Poland’s top court ruled that the country’s independent commissioner for human rights should leave his post.