European Commission opens new chapter in fight over judicial reforms in Poland: commentary

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Polish authorities have criticized scandalous comments concerning the Polish judiciary and constitutional court from the European Commission’s spokesman, with the Polish Foreign Ministry summoning Poland’s European Commission representative in protest.

Last week, the Polish National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) put forward a motion to the Constitutional Court (TK) to determine the constitutionality of the laws which currently deem a judge chosen by the Polish president, upon the request of the current KRS, to be an illegal judge.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki carried out a similar action by turning to the Polish Constitutional Court to investigate whether the law applied to the verdict of the Supreme Court’s (SN) three chambers was constitutional.

Meanwhile, Brussels elites are beginning to work in defense of the Polish “extraordinary caste” (which the judges in Poland called themselves).

Christian Wigand, the European Commission’s spokesman, drew the ire of the Polish government by affirming that the European Commission has no doubts about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court (SN) in Poland, which is seen as a stronghold of the Polish opposition, but does have doubts about the Constitutional Court (TK), where most judges are appointed by the conservative PiS party.