EC seeks suspension of Polish disciplinary regime on judges

2020-01-14 17:17 update: 2020-01-16, 13:56
Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit. Fot. PAP/ EPA/JULIEN WARNAND
Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit. Fot. PAP/ EPA/JULIEN WARNAND
The European Commission (EC) will ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for temporary measures regarding the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court (SN), seeking the suspension of the contested section of the Polish court.

The temporary measures will be requested in relation to the EU law violation procedure that the EC has been conducting against Poland, Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit told a press conference in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Last October, the EC filed a complaint with the CJEU about the Polish disciplinary regime on judges, arguing the move was meant to protect judges from political control. The EC said the new disciplinary system does not ensure independence and impartiality on the part of the Disciplinary Chamber, whose members have been elected solely by the National Council of the Judiciary, which in turn is manned by parliament in a political procedure. (PAP)
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