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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Polish president sanctions changes in controversial judicial law

WARSAW ( Associated Press) — Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has signed a law replacing the controversial judicial discipline body with a new accountability commission in hopes of convincing the European Union to release multibillion-dollar pandemic funds. currently frozen due to the political control imposed on the judiciary.

Duda signed the law into law Monday night, his office said.

The changes are considered to be largely superficial. Political control over judges is a point of great friction between Warsaw and Brussels, which has imposed fines and suspended funds for the country’s recovery after the coronavirus.

EU President Ursula von der Leyen has warned that no funds will be disbursed unless Poland reaches a series of “milestones” on judicial independence: abolishing the disciplinary chamber, rewriting its rules and revising the cases of judges to whom the chamber has imposed suspensions or sanctions.

The changes authorized by Duda eliminate the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, which has been used to sanction judges. Instead, the president will appoint a new accountability body.

Only one of the many judges sanctioned for criticizing the government’s measures in the judicial branch has been reinstated, but he has been appointed to another section of the court and discharged.

Von der Leyen came under fire last week from centrist lawmakers in the European Parliament after the European Commission, the EU’s executive, conditionally accepted Poland’s pandemic recovery plan, opening up the possibility of some €36 billion being disbursed. euros (39,000 million dollars). They said the decision was premature because Poland has not complied with EU conditions.

The Disciplinary Chamber has cost Poland dearly. The European Court of Justice imposed a record fine of 1 million euros per day for not dismantling it.

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