EU starts legal action against Poland over judiciary reforms
Source :NewsBharati Date :30-Jul-2017
Brussels, July 30: The disruption is very evident in Poland where people are protesting over the democracy for the Judiciary system. Polish President Andrzej Duda last week decided to put Supreme Court under the control of the ruling party. After hearing this news, European Commission launched a legal action on Saturday against what it sees as Polish government attempts to undermine the independence of Judges.
The European C omission has launched an infringement procedure against Poland by sending a letter of formal notice. The statement said that Warsaw had one month to reply to the Commission letter. The Commission has also warned of even tougher measures if the governing Law and Justice Party (PiS), which has raised EU concerns since winning the Polish elections in late 2015, forges ahead with deeper court reforms.
Duda surprised many in the government when he vetoed a bill that would have reinforced political control over the Supreme Court. European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans on Wednesday warned of even more severe action if Supreme Court justices are sacked. Article 7 is a never-before-used EU process designed to uphold the rule of law, a so-called "nuclear option" that can freeze a country's right to vote in meetings of EU ministers. The legal reforms have triggered mass street protests in Poland and raised fears for the rule of law in one of the EU's leading eastern former communist states.