Speaker of the Senate, Tomasz Grodzki, met with EU Commission VP for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, as well as with EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders. The trio talked about the Polish government’s judicial reforms and focused on Poland’s bill, which is currently being reviewed by the Commission for allegedly undermining the independence of the judiciary.
In response to the Brussels visit, the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has criticised Grodzki, who has been subjected to a smear campaign from state-controlled TV and PiS.
Polish troops stay put after ambassador evacuated from Iraq. While Poland’s ambassador to Iraq has been evacuated amid rising tensions in the region, the country’s troops will remain deployed, at least for now.
The fate of Hungarian troops in Iraq. Lajos Kósa, Chairman of the Defence and Law Enforcement Committee, announced that members of the committee will meet with defence minister Tibor Benkő to discuss the situation of soldiers stationed in Iraq. The 200-strong Hungarian troops are stationed at the facility in Erbil, one of the targets of Iran’s missile attacks.