Rule of law in Poland
Event date: 06/02/2020
Since the Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidential and parliamentary elections in Poland in autumn 2015, the government has undertaken a series of reforms that critics say restrict democracy.
Under the rule of law, governmental powers are limited by law and may be exercised only on the basis of law. An independent judiciary is indispensable to guaranteeing this state of affairs, and appropriate procedures, including legal remedies, must be in place to guarantee that individuals can protect their rights and trigger judicial review of governmental action.
Should an EU Member State be suspected of breaching the rule of law, a number of procedures are available to verify this and, if needed, remedy the situation.
See more on this topic by visiting our package for the 8th parliamentary term
During the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Marcin WARCHOL, Polish Secretary of the State at the Ministry of Justice, Didier REYNDERS, European Commissioner for Justice, and Irena ANDRASSY, Croatian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative to the EU, participate in an exchange of views on the situation of the Rule of Law in Poland.