Radoslaw Sikorski, an MEP and former foreign minister, has said he will appeal against a court verdict ordering him to post an apology on social media to the head of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
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A reform of Polish courts is "absolutely necessary," Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party has said.
Poland will reduce its three-layer court system to two in order to free up more than 2,000 judges by removing a significant part of the bureaucratic workload, the justice minister has announced.
President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed two legislative initiatives regarding justice of the peace courts and said he would submit them to the Sejm (lower house) later in the day.
EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans cannot guarantee a "happy end" to the current rule of law conflict between the Commission and Poland, as this lay with the Polish parliament and government.