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7th September 2021
Institutional law Justice & Litigation

Commission requests Court of Justice to impose financial penalties on Poland after continued infringements of EU law

The European Commission has requested the Court of Justice to impose financial penalties on Poland after the country failed to comply with the interim measures ordered by the Court on 14 July.

The Commission considers that Poland has not complied with the Court’s order to immediately suspend the application of national provisions on the competences of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court. Therefore, it has requested the Court to impose a daily penalty payment on Poland until the measures imposed by the Court’s order are fully implemented.

Additionally, the Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to Poland for not taking the necessary measures to comply with the judgment of the Court of Justice of 15 July, which found Polish law on the disciplinary regime against judges incompatible with EU law. According to the Commission, even though Poland expressed its intention to dismantle the Disciplinary Chamber, it has continued hearing disciplinary cases of ordinary court judges. If the Commission finds Poland’s reply to the letter unsatisfactory, the Commission may bring the case before the Court of Justice once again.

Read the Commission’s press release here.

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