Commission still waits for direct talks on rule of law in Poland
10 November, 2017
The Commission maintains its position that new Polish laws to redress the judiciary “create systemic threat to rule of law.” This said EC First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who on Monday informed Civil Liberties Committee members about the ongoing Commission procedure to protect the rule of law in Poland. He told MEPs that despite sending four letters to the Polish authorities since July, inviting them to meet, these invitations were not accepted. Consequently, our exchanges have been essentially in writing, he said, adding that “our invitation still stands and we still hope that we can start a dialogue in person.”
First VP Timmermans pointed out that by introducing a different retirement age for female judges and male judges, the law discriminates against individuals on the basis of gender. The Commission also raises legal concerns about giving the Minister of Justice the discretionary power to prolong the mandate of judges who have reached retirement age, as well as to dismiss and appoint Court Presidents, he explained.