Poland will get access to EU post-pandemic funding once a Supreme Court bill reforming the disciplinary regime for judges becomes law, the EU's agriculture commissioner has said adding there are assurances of that in writing from the European Commission.
Poland's president has said he has decided to send a key bill reforming the disciplinary regime for judges to the Constitutional Tribunal (TK) for an evaluation before signing it into law.
The spokesman for Poland's government has disagreed with a critical opinion voiced by a Supreme Court official concerning an amendment to the law on the Supreme Court.
The governing party Law and Justice (PiS) is hoping the opposition backs a bill amending the law on the Supreme Court that could unlock Poland's access to billions of euros in EU funding frozen for months due to rule-of-law concerns, the party's spokesperson has said.
Poland's lower house of parliament, the Sejm, started work on Wednesday on a government bill amending the law on the Supreme Court, tabled in a bid to satisfy European Commission (EC) requirements to unlock post-pandemic recovery funding.
Talks between Solidary Poland, junior member of the governing coalition, and the prime minister over a bill on judiciary changes that could unlock Poland’s access to billions of euros in EU funding have not brought any results, government spokesperson has said.
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The advocate general of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has said that a judge can only be brought to justice by an independent court, in an opinion issued on the case of a Polish judge who has become a figurehead for the opposition in Poland to changes to the country’s judicial system.
The EC commissioners are said to have approved draft legislative changes in Poland’s judicial system currently regarded by Brussels as a threat to the rule of law, EU sources have told PAP.
Poland will fail to gain access to EUR 34.5 billion in post-pandemic funding unless it meets rule-of-law conditions, Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the European Commission (EC), said on Monday.