The EU executive has given Poland a 16 August deadline for it to comply with the order issued by the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) last week, which called on the country to freeze all actions by the disciplinary chamber against judges and labelled the country’s disciplinary system for judges as being contrary to the EU’s Treaties.
If Poland fails to comply with the deadline, it will ask the CJEU to impose financial penalties for the action of the disciplinary chamber and force EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders to take action. Despite this, the First President of the Supreme Court, Małgorzata Manowska, decided that the disciplinary chamber should continue to function.
The Polish authorities are referring to last week’s ruling by the constitutional tribunal that the country should not implement interim measures of the CJEU in the area of the judiciary because they go beyond the powers Poland entrusted the EU in the treaties.
The European Commission has also published its second EU-wide rule of law report for all 27 EU countries.
On Poland, Brussels pointed to the risks “as regards the effectiveness of the fight against high-level corruption” and drew attention to the deteriorating state of the media, women’s and LGBTQI+ rights.