WARSAW – Venice Commission critical on judicial reforms

Following its visit to Poland, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission issued a critical opinion regarding the government’s latest amendments to its controversial court reforms.

Although the opinion is not legally binding, it advised the Polish parliament to reject the government’s proposed reforms as these would suppress the judges’ freedoms of speech and assembly.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said that the opinion “could be called a parody, as it is difficult to take it seriously and formally”.

“Such an enlightening murmur is badly associated with Polish history and is unworthy of people who regard themselves as Europeans. Surely we, as Poles, will not allow, I will not allow our country to be treated in this way,” the minister added. (Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl)

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