EU asks court to fine Poland over judicial independence
Brussels: The European Commission on Tuesday asked the European Court of Justice to impose daily fines on Poland until it complies with an order to suspend reforms Brussels sees as damaging judicial independence.
“Justice systems across the European Union must be independent and fair,” EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement announcing the commission’s decision to pursue enforcement action.
In July, the bloc’s top court ordered Poland — as an interim measure — to suspend its new disciplinary procedures for judges, including a tribunal to oversee their work. Poland’s conservative government, which is also in dispute with Brussels over a number of other rule of law issues, replied to the European Commission in a letter on August 20, promising to act. – AFP