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Polish Justice Minister Says Warsaw Cannot Comply With EU’s Court Rulingon July 22, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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WARSAW—Poland’s justice minister said on Wednesday it was not possible to comply with a ruling by the top European Union court that the country’s new system for disciplining judges broke EU law and should be suspended. The minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, said the EU court’s ruling that Poland should suspend its Supreme Court disciplinary chamber was “illegal in the light of Polish and European law.” Poland is embroiled in a long-running row with the EU over judicial reforms which critics say undermine the independence of the judiciary. The ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party says the changes are needed to make courts work more effectively and remove a residue of communist influence. On Tuesday the European Commission gave Poland until Aug 16th to observe the ruling announced earlier in July or face fines for non-compliance. In remarks to a conference, Ziobro indicated the ruling was against Poland’s constitution. “In Poland, …

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