The European Commission decided to impose sanctions against Poland

The European Commission adopted a decision to begin a sanctions procedure against Poland. This is the BBC.

The EU believes that the Polish authorities retreated from democratic norms as a result of judicial reform.

Poland is facing a deprivation of the right to vote in the EU Council if other members of the community will welcome the decision.

Poland was the first country in the history of the EU, which triggered the sanctions measure.

In Poland the ruling party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s «law and justice» initiated judicial reform, trying to amend three laws – the Supreme court, the National judicial Council and the Court of General jurisdiction. According to political force, reform of modernizing the judiciary. The opposition and most of the judiciary are convinced that these changes will limit the independence of the courts.

In July, several thousand people protested in Warsaw against the change of the judicial system.

Three former President of Poland: Lech wałęsa, Aleksander kwaśniewski and President Bronislaw Komorowski – in an open letter said that the initiative of the party «law and justice» could lead to dictatorship.

On 15 December, the Polish Senate adopted submitted by President Andrzej Duda versions of the law on the Supreme court and the National Supreme Council.

The European Commission stated that these laws will lead to the subordination of the judiciary to the Executive and to the early termination of powers of judges of the Supreme court.

In response, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country does not need the consent of the EU for reform.




The European Commission decided to impose sanctions against Poland 21.12.2017

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