by ANDREW RETTMAN & ERIC MAURICE
Poland has filed its response to EU objections on judicial reform, but European ministers did not take kindly to its previous paper on the affair.
Warsaw sent its document to Brussels late on Tuesday (20 March), shortly before the expiration of a European Commission deadline at midnight.
The document showed that "the reforms … restored the necessary balance between the executive, legislative, and judiciary powers while maintaining all guarantees of independence of the judiciary", the Polish foreign ministry said in a press release.
The reforms "meet the [Polish] public's expectations and the solutions do not differ from those adopted in other EU members", the ministry said.
It added that Poland was ready for "further dialogue" and wanted "a satisfactory solution for both sides".
Polish education minister Jaroslaw Gowin told Polish TV on Tuesday that Warsaw was playing for high stakes.
"The stake of this dispute is whether the continuing attempts of the Brussels bureaucracy to curb the sovereignty of individual member states, against the letter and the spirit of the Lisbon Treaty, can be stopped," he said.
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