WARSAW, Poland ( Associated Press) – Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed rules of law into law with a new accountability panel replacing controversial body disciplinary judges, in the hope that it will help the European Union control Poland’s political control in a frozen pandemic fund. Will persuade to issue billions of euros. Judiciary.
Duda signed the change into law late Monday, his office said.
They are largely seen as superficial and relentless political control over judges, a major sticking point between Warsaw and Brussels, leading to the suspension of fines and the coronavirus recovery fund for Poland.
EU chief executive Ursula von der Leyen has warned that no money will be given if Poland fails to reach a “milestone” in granting judicial independence: abolishing the disciplinary chamber, revising its rules. Writing and allowing judges to be accepted or suspended by the Chamber. Their cases should be reviewed.
The changes penned by Duda remove the Supreme Court’s Discipline Cell, which has been used to approve vocal judges. It will be replaced by a new accountability body to be appointed by the President.
Only one of the many judges disciplined for criticizing the government’s actions in the jurisdictions has been reinstated, but he was appointed to a different section of the court and sent on leave.
Von der Leyen faced criticism from centrist lawmakers last week in the European Parliament after the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, moved to the European Parliament. Poland’s pandemic recovery plan conditionally approved, opening up the possibility of disbursement of dedicated funds, totaling around 36 billion euros ($39 billion). Lawmakers argued that the decision was premature because Poland had failed to meet EU conditions.
The Disciplinary Chamber has cost Poland dearly. The European Court of Justice fined Poland a record 1 million euros per day for failing to destroy it.