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The Polish government replied to the European Commission to a letter regarding Poland’s failure to implement the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union. It is about the system of disciplinary liability of judges and the unrecognized Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. – Failure to comply with the ruling of the Tribunal in Luxembourg will result in imposing very high penalties on Poland, reaching billions of euros – reminded the spokesman of the Association of Polish Judges “Iustitia” Bartłomiej Przymusiński on TVN24.

On Tuesday The Sejm Information Center informed about sending a reply to the European Commission regarding the non-implementation of the CJEU judgment in the case of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. In response – as is clear from the CIR communiqué – the Polish government announced that the reform of the judiciary would be continued, and there were plans to liquidate the Disciplinary Chamber in its present form.

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– It will be a very expensive message for Poland and Poles – said the spokesman of the Association of Polish Judges “Iustitia” Bartłomiej Przymusiński on TVN24. – Each sentence may cost us several dozen or several hundred thousand euros. Failure to comply with the ruling of the Tribunal in Luxembourg will result in imposing very high penalties on Poland, amounting to billions of euros, he explained.

The CIR communiqué – noted Przymusiński – “shows the will not to execute the CJEU’s judgment”. “The political authority is trying to convince the Tribunal that it is unable to do anything, which is obviously not true,” said a spokesman for “Iustitia”.

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The government is responsible to the European Commission. Bartłomiej Przymusiński comments

The communiqué also added that the European Commission had been informed that Poland had submitted a request to revoke the CJEU’s decision to apply an interim measure in the case of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. The application would be based on the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of 14 July.

– No ruling of a national constitutional court may stand in the way of the implementation of EU law in Poland. The Court in Luxembourg issued a ruling that EU law requires judges to be independent from political pressure. It requires the defectively appointed judges to stop adjudicating, commented a spokesman for “Iustitia”.

“The rulers hope to darken the picture”

In the opinion of Przymusiński, “the rulers hope to darken the picture”. – And nobody cares about the board with the name of the Disciplinary Chamber, but about the fact that there are incorrectly appointed people in judicial positions – he emphasized.

At the moment – said the spokesman – “we are observing an attempt to transfer these people to other chambers, photos of the plate with the name of the Disciplinary Chamber and pretending that the problem does not exist”. – And this problem is there and will increase even more if these people start to rule on other matters – he stressed.

Main photo source: Radek Pietruszka / PAP



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