Poland rejects Brussels concern over judiciary laws
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”.