07 Sep, 2021

Renew Europe welcomes penalties on Poland for judicial independence failings

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes the decision taken on 7 September by the European Commission requesting the European Court of Justice to impose daily penalties on the Polish Government for non-respect of the court order to suspend the activity of the Disciplinary Chamber.

Renew Europe Vice-President Michal Šimečka MEP (Progresívne Slovensko, SK) and Shadow rapporteur for the Report on Poland, commented:

“Judicial independence is a core component of liberal democracy that the European Commission must defend within the European Union. It is only logical that the persistent violation of this principle by the Polish government must be met with resistance if we want to protect our European community of values.”

Renew Europe has called numerous times for concrete action to fine the Government and to protect the independence of judges in Poland, and therefore welcomes this decision by the European Commission. The independence of European judges is non-negotiable, and rulings of the European Court of Justice must be respected by all Member States.

Cookies on ALDE

ALDE uses functional and performance cookies that are necessary for the websites to function as well as possible. These cookies do not use any personal data and no permission is required for this. We also use marketing cookies to tailor the website to your preferences. You can give permission for this below. You can always change your settings on the Privacy Statement page in the cookies section.

Adjust preference
Accept all cookies