The European Commission (EC) spokesman has told PAP that the act adopted by the Sejm (lower house of the Polish parliament) on Friday is an important step towards meeting the milestones needed to access EU funds.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), has said that adoption of the amended Supreme Court bill drafted to meet the European Union's expectations could be "extremely destructive" for Poland.
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, held a series of consultations with top government officials on Friday, a day after he complained he had been brushed aside by the ruling party when it comes to a new Supreme Court bill.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has warned that the EU's post-pandemic recovery funds will not be unlocked for Poland if the country does not bring back the independence of the judiciary.
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.
US ambassador nominee to Warsaw Mark Brzezinski said during a hearing in the US Senate on Wednesday that he would support the rule of law and minority rights in Poland.
The head of Poland's Supreme Court has rejected criticism of the Polish government's judicial overhaul contained in a European Commission report, claiming it is inaccurate.
Didier Reynders, the EU’s justice commissioner, has told two committees of Poland’s lower house of parliament that the government’s overhaul of the judicial system is a source of serious concern.
Zbigniew Ziobro, Poland's minister of justice, said after his meeting with the EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynder, that while some EU members are allowed to make changes in their judiciary others are not.
Changes to the judiciary planned by the justice minister are part of a “reform” process that was interrupted four years ago.