© Reuters. People carrying flags, while taking part in a conference on Poland’s membership in the European Union after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s laws are fundamental to EU law, undermining a key element of international cooperation Europe.
Author Gabriela Baczynska
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Poland has asked European Union officials to suspend fines for violating their right to justice, saying it was trying to end a court of law, according to a Jan. letter. 10 that Reuters saw.
Warsaw is currently owed 70 million euros for failing to immediately suspend the operation of the court pending the final decision of the EU Supreme Court on the plot, which has been widely criticized for allowing the government to set aside judges who question its validity.
The letter is a recent development in the case, one of the many battles between the Nationalist Party, eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) in Poland and the EU in reducing checks and democratic measures.
The EU’s ambassador to Poland, Andrzej Sados, said in a letter that the Supreme Court had already decided to refrain from filing additional cases with the Disciplinary Chamber, and the government was “currently discussing legislation to further reform the courts.”
“In that case, I request the Commission to suspend the submission of the request for payment until the arrangements are in place,” he said.
The Brussels official says he will start sending invoices to Warsaw soon and has plans to get the debt he owes, including deducting it from development grants made in Poland if PiS refuses to pay.
PiS launched the Chamber of Disciplinary Chamber in 2017 as part of a major reform for judges that pushed out many judges – including well-known opponents in the state – and encouraged newcomers, including giving higher positions to party affiliates.
The letter did not specify when it would be terminated by Warsaw, which has the power to change or suspend judges.
Major disputes with the EU over the democratic standards under the growing PiS have made Poland known as the son of communist change and the opportunity to earn billions of euros in funding to recover EU epidemics.
At stake are the large EU development funds, which are key to Poland’s economic growth since joining in 2004.
There has never been a single EU country that has failed to comply with a bloc high court order or pay sanctions for failing to do so, according to Commission officials.
Poland has two similar cases now because it has refused to change its course or pay a court-ordered fine following a Czech Republic neighbor at the Turow coal mine.
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