The fight between the European Union and Poland continues: the bloc accused Warsaw of violating the rules on judicial independence

A crowd advances in an anti-government march led by opposition leader Donald Tusk, on the weekend in Warsaw (AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski) (Czarek Sokolowski /)

The European Union intensified on Monday its fight for the Rule of law with Poland, a member country, after the bloc’s highest court confirmed that Warsaw had refused to comply with community rules on independence judicialso you have already lost more than 500 million euros in fines.

The Court of Justice of the EU ruled on Monday that the judicial reform undertaken in Poland in 2019 breaches EU law after the European Commission, the bloc’s executive branch, alleged that the Polish Supreme Court lacked the necessary independence and impartiality.

“By today’s ruling, the court upholds the commission’s action,” a court statement said.

It adds that “the value of the Rule of Law is an integral part of the very identity of the European Union as a common legal order and is materialized in principles that contain legally binding obligations for the Member States.” Poland did not meet these obligations, he asserted.

Amid a plethora of condemnations and criticisms, the court said that “measures thus taken by the Polish Legislature are incompatible with the guarantees of access to an independent and impartial tribunal”.

Polish law obliges judges to disclose their association or party membership and allows such information to be made public. The court ruling says that the provisions “may expose judges to risks of undue stigmatization.”

The disagreement over the functioning of the Supreme Court is just one of several disputes that the right-wing government in Warsaw has with the EU institutions. He claims that the bloc is undermining Poland’s inalienable rights to make independent decisions.

EU institutions have insisted that Poland, under the populist Law and Justice party, has strayed from EU rule of law principles.

This dispute centers on the independence of the Polish Supreme Court judges when reviewing EU law.

(With information from AP)

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