Thursday, 27 July 2017

EU says it is launching legal action against Poland over plans to give politicians more power



The European Commission says it is launching legal action against Poland over plans to give politicians more power to sack and appoint judges.''

 
The Commission said Poland would be stripped of its EU voting rights if it went ahead with proposals to force all Supreme Court judges into retirement.


Warsaw hit out at EU "blackmail".''


Poland's president has vetoed two of the most controversial bills, but the government wants to press on with them, despite mass street protests.


The European Commission's Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, said the reforms would have a "very significant negative impact on the independence of the Polish judiciary".
He welcomed a decision by Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday to veto some of the laws, including the one that would have overhauled the Supreme Court.


But he said the Commission would launch immediate action to strip Poland of its voting rights if Warsaw went ahead with it anyway.


Such a penalty, known as Article 7, requires the agreement of all EU member states, and Hungary says it will back Poland.




BBC     News.