Infringement procedure by the European Commission against Poland over judicial independence

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Reports and information relating to the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission against Poland over a series of amendments to legislative acts on the judiciary.

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The law amending the acts governing the functioning of the justice system in Poland was adopted in December 2019 and entered into force in February 2020. The European Commission took the view that this law undermines the independence of Polish judges and is also incompatible with the primacy of EU law.

A Letter of Formal Notice was therefore issued against Poland regarding the law on the judiciary on 29 April 2020. The national authorities were given two months to respond to the Letter.

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EurActiv, 29/04/2020: EU launches judicial freedom case against Poland https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/eu-launches-judicial-freedom-case-against-poland/
Reuters, 29/04/2020: EU opens new legal case against Poland over muzzling judges https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN22B1GB
Deutsche Welle, 29/04/2020: EU opens legal case against Poland over judicial reform https://p.dw.com/p/3bYVi
TVN24, 29/04/2020: EU executive launches infringement procedure against Poland over muzzling judges https://tvn24.pl/tvn24-news-in-english/eu-opens-new-legal-case-against-poland-over-muzzling-judges-4570031
Politico, 29/04/2020: Commission launches 4th infringement procedure over Poland’s rule of law https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-launches-4th-infringement-procedure-over-polands-rule-of-law/
Radio Poland, 30/04/2020: EU opens fresh case against Poland over judges https://www.polskieradio.pl/395/7785/Artykul/2501682

Official
European Commission: Press Release, 29/04/2020: Rule of Law: European Commission launches infringement procedure to safeguard the independence of judges in Poland https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_772

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