European Union Scrutinizes Poland’s Contentious Legal Reforms
Jan 04, 2016 06:14 AM EST
Poland's judicial actions are not boding well these days. The contentious legal reforms that were amended by Poland are drawing scrutiny from the European Union.
Poland was criticized for the way the nation and its legislative body handled its policies and regulations. According to Times, the European Commission aims on debating the controversial amendments completed by Poland in relation to the composition and powers of its constitutional court, which is the nation's highest legal body.
In addition, it is important to note how the scrutiny began. It stands out that the controversy was sparked and fuelled by the incident when Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) chose five judges to the 15-member court, says The Tribune Reporter.
Furthermore, not only did it sparked scrutiny but it also initiated large protests in which critics are viewing as a political attempt to demoralize the institution. And its capability to provide checks and balances on the side of the legislative body.
It is claimed that the the fears were aggravated by President Andrzej Duda actions. As President Duda signed a ontroversial alteration that stipulated how the court will then require two thirds majority vote before most of its outlooks can be fully accepted or embraced, as mentioned previously by the Daily Mail.
Furthermore, the new policy that was recently approved by President Duda provides the new PiS appointees a hefty power to provide faster and new resolution or be the cause of frustration and delaying of outcomes. As previously noted by the same post, the five judges are required to vote on any assigned case. In addition, this can also be perceived as a crisis since it can affect the ties as well as the foreign relations of Poland with other nations.
Nonetheless, the European Commission has stipulated that the new rules be postponed, as it needs to be reviewed again. Also, the EU has announced that further hearings would resume in Jan. 13.
It would be a long battle for the Polish government, together with its Prime Minister and its legislative body as they aim on lessening the scrutiny that they have received from the European Union and as its counterparts.