European Union launches infringment procedure against Poland over judiciary reforms

EU initiates legal action against Poland over judiciary reform

The right-wing government now has one month to respond to the concerns. Poland's deputy foreign minister for European affairs, Konrad Szymanski, told the PAP news agency that the EU decision was "unfounded", and he said the new law met legal requirements.

The statement reads that "the new rules allow the Minister of Justice to exert influence on individual ordinary judges though, in particular, the vague criteria for the prolongation of their mandates thereby undermining the principle of irremovability of judges".

The Commission is concerned that the reforms will undermine the independence of the judiciary by giving the justice minister discretionary power to extend the mandate of common judges, as well as dismiss and appoint lower court presidents.

The EU has been at loggerheads with Poland over four controversial bills, two of which have been adopted by the Polish Parliament but vetoed by President Andrzej Duda.

The EU's executive commission earlier this year sued Poland at the European Court of Justice over logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The EU's executive body, as well as critics at home and overseas, see the measures as a threat to the rule of law in Poland.

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It said a key legal concern was the introduction of different retirement ages - for female judges at 60 and male judges at 65. Populist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vowed he would instantly veto any such move by the EU.

Article 7 is an action, never before used, that would see Poland lose its voting rights in the European Council, or meeting of European ministers, for violating fundamental EU laws.

Hungary itself faces European Union legal action over laws targeting education and foreign civil society groups, while Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic also face action for ignoring the bloc's migrant relocation quotas.

In Saturday's statement, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, reiterated an invitation to meet with top Polish officials over the judiciary reforms "in the hope of a constructive dialogue".

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. The commission "clearly doesn't have the authority" to interfere in the organization of justice systems of member states, he said.

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