MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Duda expressed his intention to veto two of the proposed bills that would reform the nation's judicial system — the first is on the Supreme Court and the second, the National Council of Judiciary. However, earlier on Tuesday, Duda signed the third proposed bill on ordinary courts.
"It is difficult to understand the president's decision to put a veto on laws on the National Council of Judiciary and the Supreme Court… We, on behalf of the Law and Justice party [PiS], and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, listen to the voice of the Poles. From the very beginning the prime minister stressed that this reform would be implemented regardless of the president's veto," Bochenek said on state television.
Bochenek also said that the country's prime minister would soon hold a meeting with Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Zebro to discuss the current situation and further steps.
"It would be a good reason to discuss in detail what to do in the current situation as the laws we have been working on are good laws," Bochenek stressed.
The Polish opposition has criticized the proposed bills, as has Brussels. The European Commission discussed the matter, concluding that the reforms would have a very negative impact on the judiciary and would threaten the rule of law in Poland.
Poland has been facing mass protests amid the judicial reform and the demand by protesters for the president to veto all three laws.