The EU today (1 June) formally warned Poland that it should find a solution to roll back Warsaw’s overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics say endangers its independence.
“We have decided to send a rule-of-law opinion to the Polish authorities,” European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told a press conference. An “opinion” in this case amounts to a warning.
However, Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said that the executive’s critique is “one-sided”.
Brussels and Warsaw have held a series of high-level talks in recent days aimed at soothing a dispute over the Polish government’s attempted top court reform, but failed to resolve the row.
“I am surprised and saddened by the statement of the European Commission, which have had intensive talks with the Polish government,” Ziobro said. “The European Commission have had a chance to see that the government was looking for a compromise,” he added.
“It’s a one-sided opinion, showing a distorted image, despite the European Commission’s awareness of what the situation looks like,” Ziobro concluded.
Last week, Warsaw and Brussels said they were “upbeat” about finding a solution, but this appears to have not materialised.