The European Commission 2017-07-26 acted to protect the rule of law in Poland. The Commission substantiated its grave concerns on the planned reform of the judiciary in Poland in a Rule of Law Recommendation addressed to the Polish authorities. In the Commission's assessment, this reform amplifies the systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland already identified in the rule of law procedure started by the Commission in January 2016. The Commission requested the Polish authorities to address these problems within one month and asked the Polish authorities notably not to take any measure to dismiss or force the retirement of Supreme Court judges. If such a measure is taken, the Commission stands ready to immediately trigger the Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union procedure – a formal warning by the EU that can be issued by four fifths of the Member States in the Council of Ministers. The Commission also decided to launch an infringement proceeding against Poland for breaches of EU law. The College will immediately send a Letter of Formal Notice once the Law on the Ordinary Courts Organisation is published. At the same time, the Commission recalled its offer to pursue a constructive dialogue with the Polish Government.
Source: The European Commission