Aleksander Stępkowski, Elżbieta Karska and Agnieszka Szklanna – the candidates of the Polish government for judges of the European Court of Human Rights – did not receive the approval of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The council asked Poland to appoint new people.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe finally rejected the entire list of Polish government candidates for a judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, TVN24 reporter Michał Tracz has established. Earlier, on April 9, the applications were rejected by the Council of Europe Commission for the election of judges of the ECtHR.
The decision was sealed by a vote by the parliamentary assembly – from a procedural point of view, it is a formality that actually ends the matter. During the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, it was admitted that the main reason for rejecting the list of Polish candidates was the non-transparent procedure of nominating candidates. The Council asks Poland to nominate new people – the procedure of selecting a Polish candidate for the ECtHR has to be repeated.
List three candidates for judges of the ECHR Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent on March 8. The government’s candidates were: habilitated doctor Elżbieta Karska, professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, and privately wife of the PiS MEP Karol Karski; habilitated doctor Aleksander Stępkowski, Supreme Court spokesman, founder of the ultra-conservative Ordo Iuris, former deputy minister in the PiS government and doctor Agnieszka Szklanna, expert of the Council of Europe.
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