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.
A European Commission (EC) spokesperson confirmed on Friday that the Commission had received a letter from Poland requesting a suspension of fines imposed on Warsaw by the European Court of Justice (CJEU).
Poland will ask the European Commission to suspend a daily fine of EUR 1 million imposed upon it for failing to wind up the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court, the country’s minister of EU affairs has said.
Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, has said there is no reason why Poland should not receive funds from its National Recovery Plan (KPO) as he commented on earlier statement by the European Commission (EC) chief.
European Commission (EC) Vice-President Margether Vestager has said that before the EU's post-pandemic recovery fund can be unlocked for Poland, the EC must evaluate whether the rule-of-law milestones included in the country's recovery plan (KPO) have been completed.
Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's prime minister, has criticised the European Commission (EC) for having imposed sanctions on his country which, he says, has been helping defend the freedom and democracy of Ukraine.
A Warsaw judge fiercely critical of the government's overhaul of the judiciary has been denied the right to return to work, despite a Warsaw court earlier issuing a ruling ordering that he be reinstated to his post.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, has said that Poland must meet its commitments regarding judicial reform before it can receive money from the Recovery and Resilience Plan.