LUXEMBOURG – the Netherlands and other European countries are worried about the development of the rule of law in Poland. The Polish minister of European Affairs, Konrad Szymanski is Tuesday in Luxembourg by EU colleagues to be subject to questions.
The hearing is part of the so-called article 7 procedure of the European Commission in december for the first time launched. According to vice-president Frans Timmermans is the rule of law in Poland, threatened by the political control over the judiciary and the replacement of judges. Warsaw would ultimately have voting rights in the EU can lose.
Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs will find for example “strange” that judgments in Poland after twenty years can still be reviewed, and will there explanation about. “That creates uncertainty in the rule of law,” he said before the hearing. “An essential part of the EU is that there’s independent judiciary.”
Timmermans tries Poland there are already 2.5 years to convince the separation of powers to respect. He fears irreparable damage to the justice system, especially now that 27 of the 72 judges of the Supreme court will soon be forced to retire.
Poland says the law is to want to purify of the legacies from the communist period. Szymanski said his colleagues go on to explain what the legal reforms in his country exactly in that state. According to him, all European standards are met. “Member states have different constitutional traditions and Poland fits within the constitutional pluralism of the EU.”
Likely follow one or more hearings before the states decide how to proceed.
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