Judicial organizations: Polish situation ‘Chefsache’

The presidents of the judicial organizations in the European Union kindly request a personal meeting with president Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission. They underscore that ‘any strategy which considers judicial independence a bargaining chip is completely mistaken’.

‘We strongly demanded for the immediate start of an infringement procedure and interim measures as to the Polish ‘muzzle law’. Vice-president Vera Jourova and Commissioner Didier Reynders vigorously supported our appeal, but also mentioned that they were not totally confident about a sufficient support within the European Commission. Just these unsettling answers justify that we write to you again. This matter has evidently become Chefsache.’

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Jean-Claude Wiwinius

President of the European network of presidents of Supreme Courts

Jose Igreja Matos

President of the European Association of Judges

Kees Sterk

President of the European network of Councils for the Judiciary