Polish government presents EU with white paper on judicial reforms

At today's meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented a White Paper on the reforms of the Polish justice system. The almost one hundred page document contains a list of reasons why the reforms of the judiciary were necessary and responds to the most important reservations expressed by the European Commission.

The eight chapters describe both the situation from before the changes – and the problems with which the Polish justice system was struggling – as well as the description of the most important reforms, with an indication of the way in which they improve the quality of the judiciary.

The government points to the large similarities between the laws in force in Poland and the solutions that have been present in other European Union countries for years. For instance, the procedure of appointing the National Council of the Judiciary is only slightly different from the system used in Spain; the provisions on the extraordinary appeal have their equivalent in France, and those on the postponement of the retirement of judges - in the United Kingdom.

These provisions have been functioning for a long time in countries with strong democratic systems and have never been considered a threat to the rule of law. The White Paper shows that they should not give rise to concern also in the case of Poland.

To read this article in full (and download the White Paper), visit THE CHANCELLERY OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND.