POLAND – Rule of law

With regard to Poland, the European Commission’s report states that justice system reforms introduced in 2015 raise serious concerns, noting that these reforms affected the Constitutional Tribunal, Supreme Court, common courts, National Council of the Judiciary and the prosecutor, which, the report claims increased the influence of the executive and legislative powers on the judiciary and weakened the independence of judges.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki rejected the EU’s criticism as well as the latest idea for a mechanism for linking payments of EU funds to the rule of law.

“There is no consent to use different clauses in any way and to threaten us with a finger just because someone likes our government less,” he said.

According to former Law and Justice foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski, the Commission should be sued for breaching European law as it is abusing its right and consequently violating European legislation.

“This is a critical report of the current government, of Jarosław Kaczyński, Zbigniew Ziobro (…). It is the government and Law and Justice (PiS) party that bears full responsibility for all the problems to which the EC is referring”, Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, member of the Civic Coalition (KO) told reporters during the press conference in the Sejm.

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