The President of the Law and Justice party, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński announced that the Disciplinary Chamber in question in the form in which it currently functions will disappear and thus “the subject of the dispute will disappear”. He added that the first proposals on this matter would appear in September.
In an interview with the Polish Press Agency, Kaczyński was asked when the government’s announced reform of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court can be expected and whether it will implement the CJEU judgment. The PiS president said that “he does not recognize such judgments, because they definitely go beyond the treaties and expand the jurisdiction of EU courts.”
Jarosław Kaczyński about the Disciplinary Chamber
– The treaties, by the way, would also have to be reformed. However, there is undoubtedly the subject of the dispute, i.e. the Disciplinary Chamber. The reform prepared by Minister Anna Dalkowska provided for the liquidation of the Disciplinary Chamber before the CJEU ruling and was discussed and received a positive opinion by the security committee a few months ago, he added.
– I think that this reform should be undertaken, because it was planned anyway, at most it will be a matter of accelerating it, but it is also part of the Polish Order. We will abolish the Disciplinary Chamber in the form in which it functions now and thus the subject of the dispute will disappear, he announced.
He added that “it will also be a test whether in the European Union there is at least an appearance of an attempt to show goodwill, or such a principle that Poland is to be ruled by those whom the EU authorities indicate”. – The case is ready and was ready long before the judgment of the CJEU, but there is a certain order of introducing projects from the Polish Deal – said Kaczyński.
Kaczyński: proposals for the Disciplinary Chamber in September
When asked when to expect the first proposals for the Disciplinary Chamber, he replied that “in September, these will be government projects.” – They will change the codes and it has to go in a longer code mode. It is about the specific shape of the Disciplinary Chamber, but this does not mean that this Chamber will not function in any form. Nobody expects that from us, but it will be a completely different body. We want to reform it not because of the CJEU judgment, but simply because this House is not fulfilling its obligations. Everyone is equal before the law, judges have immunities in few countries and it would be good to lift them in Poland, he assessed.
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