Poland Eliminates Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber, Accepting EU Request
11:34 GMT 19.10.2021 (Updated: 12:08 GMT 19.10.2021)
Ties between Warsaw and Brussels deteriorated earlier this month after the Polish Constitutional Tribunal stated that two key articles in the Treaty on European Union were incompatible with the Polish constitution, meaning that the country would be able to press forward with judiciary reforms, which have been condemned by top European officials.
Poland decided to dissolve the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court in accordance with demands from the European Union, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday.
"There was a question about the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court. Yes. We intend to dissolve it", Morawiecki said during a plenary session of the European Parliament.
He said that the chamber will be dissolved because the "mechanisms that were introduced, the mechanisms of judicial responsibility, did not meet our expectations".
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that Warsaw was threatening the EU’s legal order after Poland opted to prioritise national legislation over the bloc's laws. She also asked the top EU court to fine Poland, while Morawiecki accused Brussels of blackmail.
© REUTERS / KACPER PEMPELPolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting in Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland, September 11, 2021
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting in Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland, September 11, 2021
He suggested that a "chamber" be established within the EU Court of Justice where European constitutional judges would be able to discuss any emerging disagreements within the bloc.
Warsaw created the Disciplinary Chamber back in 2017 as a part of its judicial reforms. The body had the power to discipline judges, including those of lower courts, which raised major concerns in Brussels, as the EU accused the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party of trying to seize control of the courts.
This issue was one of the main sources of disagreement between the EU and Poland, which even led to rumours that the East European country was preparing to leave the bloc.