The EU court: Poland does not respect the independence of the magistrates. He will have to pay a million a day in fines

The Poland will have to pay a penalty of one million of Euro per day to the European Commission. This was decided by the Court of Justice of the EU, which reproaches a Warsaw not to have suspended the application of the national provisions relating in particular to the competences of the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court. This was announced by the Court itself. “Compliance with the provisional measures ordered on July 14, 2021 by the EU Court”, reads a note, “is necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable damage to the legal order of the European Union as well as to the values ​​on which the Union it is founded, in particular that of the rule of law ”.

The Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki he said last week in the European Parliament that the disciplinary section – charged with overseeing the activities of the Supreme Court, and therefore accused of limiting the activity of judges – would be abolished, but it is still active. It was the Commission itself, last September, that asked the EU Court for financial penalties for the country. Brussels he had also sent a letter of formal notice to Warsaw urging it to comply with the sentence of 15 July on the disciplinary regime of judges. “Judicial systems across the European Union must be independent and fair. The rights of EU citizens must be guaranteed in the same way, wherever they reside in the EU “, said the president. Ursula von der Leyen, commenting on the two decisions on the rule of law.

This fine is added to the previous one of 500 thousand euros per day also established by the Court of Justice last month: Warsaw will have to pay it until it stops mining lignite in the Turów mine, on the border with Germany and the Czech Republic.

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