Poland Withdraws Part Of Controversial Judicial Reform
Poland is reversing part of its judicial reform and thus giving way to the dispute with the European Union.
Poland– The government in Warsaw announced today that the judges’ disciplinary body will be dissolved. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) had ruled that the body contradicted the laws of the EU. However, the Polish government wants to apply for the temporary injunction of the ECJ to be lifted.
The disciplinary body was introduced by the government of the nationalist PiS party as part of a controversial judicial reform. The ECJ ruled that the new law did not meet all requirements for the impartiality and independence of judges. In particular, these are not protected from the influence of the government or parliament. The country faces fines and a loss of EU financial aid.
At the beginning of August, PiS boss Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that he did not recognize the ECJ decision because, in his opinion, it went beyond the decision-making authority of EU courts. He announced that in September the government would press ahead with its plans to reform the controversial disciplinary body.