EU no­ti­fies Poland of court con­cerns

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BRUS­SELS — The Euro­pean Union’s ex­ec­u­tive branch has launched a com­plaint al­leg­ing Poland has lim­ited ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence in the coun­try in vi­o­la­tion of EU laws.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said Sat­ur­day it sent a “let­ter of for­mal no­tice” to Poland to raise con­cerns that the in­de­pen­dence of Pol­ish courts will be un­der­mined by the new “dis­cre­tionary” pow­ers the over­haul gives the coun­try’s jus­tice min­is­ter.

The com­mis­sion says it is es­pe­cially con­cerned the jus­tice min­is­ter now is en­ti­tled to ex­tend the man­dates of judges and to dis­miss and ap­point court pres­i­dents.

War­saw has one month to re­ply to the no­tice warn­ing it is in­fring­ing on EU laws. The com­mis­sion may then take fur­ther steps. The Pol­ish gov­ern­ment has said the jus­tice sys­tem is an in­ter­nal Pol­ish mat­ter.

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