Poland re­jects Brus­sels con­cern over ju­di­ciary laws

The Guardian Weekly - - International news - Daniel Bof­fey

The Pol­ish gov­ern­ment last month accused the Euro­pean com­mis­sion of a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated at­tack after the EU’s ex­ec­u­tive body trig­gered a process that could see the coun­try stripped of vot­ing rights in Brus­sels over le­gal changes that the bloc claims threaten the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary.

Poland’s fel­low 27 EU mem­ber states were ad­vised by the com­mis­sion that the leg­isla­tive pro­gramme of its gov­ern­ment was putting at risk fun­da­men­tal val­ues ex­pected of a demo­cratic state by al­low­ing po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in its courts.

The row rep­re­sents the great­est cri­sis in the EU since the Brexit de­ci­sion, with Poland show­ing lit­tle in­cli­na­tion to back down. Frans Tim­mer­mans, com­mis­sion vi­cepres­i­dent, told re­porters that in two years 13 laws had put at se­ri­ous risk the in­de­pen­dence of Poland’s ju­di­ciary. “Ju­di­cial re­forms in Poland mean that the coun­try’s ju­di­ciary is now un­der the po­lit­i­cal con­trol of the rul­ing ma­jor­ity.”

Poland’s new prime min­is­ter, Ma­teusz Mo­raw­iecki, replied on Twit­ter: “Poland is as de­voted to the rule of law as the rest of the EU.” The Pol­ish for­eign min­istry called the Brus­sels ac­tion “es­sen­tially po­lit­i­cal, not le­gal”.

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