Home News Poland rush court reforms ahead of NATO summit

Poland rush court reforms ahead of NATO summit

7 min read

poland, poland nato, nato nato summit, warsaw summit, warsaw poland, warsaw nato, nato, poland courts, poland constitution, poland reforms, warsaw, nato poland, nato summit warsaw, russia, ukraine, us, poland us, poland news, nato news, world news

Poland’s ruling conservatives rushed an amended version of its constitutional court reforms through parliament on Thursday, apparently in an effort to reassure its Western allies over the issue hours before a NATO summit opens in Warsaw.

Opposition critics said, however, the changes fell short of what was needed to keep from undermining democratic checks and balances, a concern expressed by the European Union and the United States.

Diplomats say Washington has heavily lobbied the government of the Law and Justice party (PiS) to resolve the issue, which has fuelled a heated debate in Poland, before the summit on Friday and Saturday.

“We have shown enough good will to resolve the conflict, which we haven’t created,” senior PiS lawmaker Stanislaw Piotrowicz was quoted as saying by the Polish news agency PAP, referring to Thursday’s amendments.

PiS’s main compromise was giving up an increase in the number of judges needed to pass rulings, which critics say would have paralysed the court.

But the bill, if enacted, would force the head of the constitutional court to fill disputed court seats with judges selected by the ruling party, a move the court’s head has resisted so far.

Looking to limit the share of judges picked by the previous parliament, PiS named its own members to the 15-strong body instead of allowing those named by the previous parliament to be seated. They were nominated just before elections in October.

The changes proposed by PiS led the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, and the Venice Commission, the advisory panel of the Council of Europe rights body, to question the rule of law in Poland, opinions largely denounced by the Polish government.

But the upcoming NATO summit, where it will push for the alliance to station more troops on the eastern flank, increased pressure on Poland, with Washington lobbying for the government to soften its stance on the court.

Several U.S. think tanks as well as New York Times newspaper urged PresidentBarack Obama to press the issue in his discussions with Polish statesmen.

“The Polish government must be told that and more: that the alliance whose protection they demand is not only about defending territory, but, perhaps more important, about defending shared values,” New York Times said in a Wednesday editorial.

“The bill is yet another try to subordinate the court to the executive power, and we fear that it will block all cases judged by the court,” said Marcin Wolny, a lawyer for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. “This bill will absolutely not end the row with the European Commission or the Venice Commission.”


Load More Related Articles
  • Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera is truly ideal to fight anything associated with frame and hair, evidently. it i…
  • Curry Leaves and Coconut Oil

    treatments for hair increase are incomplete with out the inclusion of curry leaves into it…
  • Egg, Honey and Olive Oil blend

    The combination of egg, honey and olive oil makes this treatment one of the robust natural…
  • Egg mask

    Egg mask is one of the best home remedies for dull hair. restoration residences of the egg…
  • Hair Oil rubdown

      step one that you can take to lessen hair loss is to rub down your scalp with appro…
  • ASUS ROG unveils new gaming notebook at Rs 94,990

    New Delhi: Under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) series, Taiwanese company ASUS on Thursday l…
Load More By Sayantani Singha
Load More In News
Comments are closed.