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ECJ Michał Wójcik Polish judiciary reforms News

EU plans to fine Poland €2 million a day over judicial reform: report

The ECJ verdict on judicial reforms must comply with Polish constitution, says deputy justice minister

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Polskie Radio/PAP

According to press reports, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) plans to punish Poland with fines of up to €2 million a day over Poland’s judicial reforms.

According to “Rzeczpospolita”, the fines could be as harsh as €2 million per day unless Poland “freezes” the activity of the Supreme Court (SN) Disciplinary Chamber, which can discipline judges for judicial overreach and abuse.

Deputy Minister of Justice Michał Wójcik referred to the media reports which claimed that the ECJ plans to impose severe financial sanctions on Poland for its Disciplinary Chamber.

“There was no mention of penalties in the European Commission’s motion. If there were to be any, it would have to be two-staged. For there to be any sanctions, such a verdict must be carried out as well. Please remember that the verdict must be compliant with Polish law and the Polish constitution,” Wójcik said.

The minister said that the proposed judiciary changes are a proposal of “courts of peace”, which means improving the judicial situation in Poland.