EU opens new infringement procedure against Poland

EU opens new infringement procedure against Poland
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The European Commission opened a new infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday, saying a new disciplinary regime the right-wing government in Warsaw has introduced for judges dealt a blow to judicial independence, ONAreports citing the statement released by the European Commission.

"The new disciplinary regime undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges by not offering necessary guarantees to protect them from political control, as required by the Court of Justice of the European Union," the Commission said in a statement announcing its infringement procedure.

The Commission also said the new disciplinary regime empowered the head of the disciplinary chamber to decide, on an ad-hoc basis and with an almost unfettered discretion, whether the disciplinary court of first instance heard a given case.

The Polish government has two months to reply to the Commission's complaints.

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