Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland

Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission this week concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland. Judicial reforms in Poland mean that the country’s judiciary is now under the political control of the ruling majority. In the absence of judicial independence, serious questions are raised about the effective application of EU law, from the protection of investments to the mutual recognition of decisions in areas as diverse as child custody disputes or the execution of European Arrest Warrants. EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “The rule of law is one of the values on which our Union is founded and which defines our Union.”

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