During a press conference in Brussels, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reinders said that the European Commission announced that it was filing a lawsuit against Poland with the European Court of Justice over violation of the rights of judges and the principle of independence of the judiciary in this country. Reported by TOPNEWS
According to him, this is part of the procedure to eliminate violations in the law on the reform of the judicial system in Poland, which entered into force in February 2020.
“The European Commission began the procedure for eliminating violations of Poland in April 2020,” he said.
In addition, Reinders added that the law weakens the principle of independence of the judiciary and allows pressure on judges who risk being dismissed by the state.
Each country that is a member of the EU decides on its own the issue of judicial immunity, but the principles of the European Union require that decisions on its abolition be taken by an independent body. The lawsuit of the European Commission says that they demand to cancel or suspend the operation of this law with the immediate cancellation of all provisions concerning the suspension of powers of judges, he said.
The law on the reform of the judicial system, inter alia, presupposes, among other things, the disciplinary responsibility of judges for actions of a political nature. The Supreme Court of Poland said that this reform could lead to the exclusion of the country from the EU