The European Commission has agreed to push forward the National Recovery Plan for Poland. The Greens/EFA group has long called for approval of the Polish plan to be suspended until the Polish government substantially reforms its judicial system by creating an independent judiciary in line with EU requirements, and implements all the relevant judgments of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice. Human rights.
The Greens/EFA group is calling for an urgent debate at next week’s plenary session of the European Parliament.
Terry Reintke, MEP, The Vice-President of the Greens/EFA and shadow rapporteur for Poland said: “This announcement gives carte blanche from Brussels to the PiS government to continue its attack on the independence of the judiciary and its far-right, anti-feminist and anti-democratic program. It seems that the Commission’s concerns about the rule of law in Poland are not a priority.
Judicial changes proposed after negotiations with the Commission will not reinstate expelled judges, nor will they guarantee real independence of the judiciary. The state of the judiciary is worse today than when the President of the Commission set the conditions for judicial independence in October.
“Poles want to know that the Commission and the EU are defending their rights and their European future. But today’s announcement runs counter to those who want to live in a democratic Poland based on the rule of law and common European values.
Damien Boeselager European deputy and the Greens/EFA negotiator on the RRF, said: “The so-called reforms of the Polish government are intended as symbolic concessions to the Commission, but they fail to solve the real problem; namely the efforts of the PiS party to weaken the rule of law in Poland. None of the proposed reforms contributes to restoring the full independence of the judiciary. Political influence on the dismissal of judges remains entirely possible.
“Judicial independence in Europe cannot be a bargaining chip. Today more than ever, it is clear that allowing standards to slip in the application of the rule of law in Europe harms the interests and security of all Europeans.
“For the EU to work properly, we need to know that the rules will apply in every EU member state, for everyone in the same way. The Commission is short-sighted and reckless to hand over billions of euros in recovery funds to a country where the checks and balances of democracy are removed.
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