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Analysis: "Why the Court of Justice of the European Union is competent to judge on infringement over the Law on the Supreme Court"

There is an ongoing discussion about the European Commission potentially launching an infringement procedure over the Polish Law on the Supreme Court. In this context a question concerns the competence of the Court of Justice of the EU to judge the case.

We present an analysis on this issue by two prominent legal experts, Dr. Piotr Bogdanowicz and Dr. Maciej Taborowski. The authors argue in ten short points that provisions of the Law on the Supreme Court might jeopardize the principle of irremovability of judges and thus violate Articles 2 and 19(1) of the Treaty on the EU as well as Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. On this basis they conclude that if the European Commission launched an infringement procedure over the Law on the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the EU would be competent to judge it.

Analytical Reports: Poland in an Open Europe

EVI - promotion of democratic values

The European Values Instrument can provide a much-needed boost to the weakened resilience of European democracies. However, the details of its structure will determine whether this opportunity will be grasped.

Your Vote, Your Choice

Grass roots initiative now compulsory in Poland

Participatory budgets slowly growing in popularity in Poland since 2011, will now be compulsory in all major urban centres in the country. Our expert - Grzegorz Makowski is talking in Polish Radio about the concept of participatory budgets and how they are being implemented in Poland and why making them mandatory under the law is not a good idea.

Public Integrity

Call of 29 NGOs for Stopping the Amendment of the Public Fund-raising Law

We call for stopping the amendment of the Public Fund-raising Law. The Public Fund-raising Law is unique in that it offers a simple process to fund-raisers, ones that is clear for donors and, importantly, very safe for the regulator. This has encouraged citizens and civil society to engage in fund-raising to support good cause initiatives, especially ones that call for immediate action, e.g. natural disasters.

Open Europe

Report: In a clinch - The European policy of the PiS government

The key problems in the PiS government’s European and foreign policy is an extremely ideological attitude combined with lack of cohesion. See our newest report: In a clinch - The European policy of the PiS government [PDF]

Analytical Reports: Poland in an Open Europe

Where the law ends | The collapse of the rule of law in Poland – and what to do

Piotr Buras (head of the Warsaw Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations) and Gerald Knaus (chairman of the European Stability Initiative in Berlin) show how serious consequences for Poland and the European Union the politicization of courts in Poland will have. They argue that appealing against the Law on the Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the EU by the European Commission is necessary. 

Public Integrity

Report on the consequences of legislative initiatives on independence of judiciary in Poland

Legal Expert Group of the Stefan Batory Foundation presents a report on the consequences of legislative initiatives on independence of judiciary in Poland in 2015-2018. The report was prepared with regard to breach of the rule of law in Poland.

The Poland-Ukraine Forum

A statement of the Polish members of the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue Group

The Polish members of the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue Group (Grupa Polsko-Ukraińskiego Dialogu) warn against the possible fatal consequences of introducing the amendment to the act on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) for the relationship between our nations and countries. The statement was sent also to Ukrainian media.

Public Integrity

Major challenges regarding the draft law on 'transparency' in public life

The new legislation on public transparency makes deep incursions into citizens' rights. Drafted by secret services, the bill intends to address issues regarding public transparency. It is not clear what issues it wants to address since no needs analysis has been presented.

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