European Commission intends to set ultimatum for Poland

Last Thursday the CJEU had ruled that the system of disciplinary liability of judges in Poland is not consistent with European Union law. [EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND]

Warsaw will have to fulfill the judgments of the European Court of Justice on the judiciary within the next week or prepare for financial penalties.

This decision of the European Commission was pre-approved by the heads of cabinets of EU Commissioners and is set to be formalised during the College of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, according to Deutsche Welle’s Polish service.

The CJEU ruled on Thursday that the system of disciplinary liability of judges in Poland is not consistent with European Union law.

The European Commission intends to give the Polish authorities seven days to comply with the decisions of the CJEU to immediately freeze all actions of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court and with the ruling stating the disciplinary system for judges in Poland is inconsistent with EU law.

If there is no change, the European Commission will ask the CJEU to impose a financial penalty on Poland as soon as possible, including a fine that increases every day until the Disciplinary Chamber is frozen.

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