Top EU Court Fines Poland €1 Million a Day Over Dispute in Judicial System Changes

The European Union’s top court ordered Poland on Oct. 27 to pay a daily penalty of €1 million ($1.2 million) for ignoring a ruling that it must suspend its controversial judicial reforms.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said that the penalty was to deter Poland from further delaying the suspension of a controversial “disciplinary chamber.”

The penalty was “necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular that of the rule of law,” CJEU said.

Poland immediately denounced the order as “blackmail.”

“The CJEU completely disregards and ignores the Polish constitution and the judgments of the Constitutional Tribunal. It operates outside its competences and abuses the institution of financial penalties and interim measures,” Polish Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta said on Twitter.

“This is the next stage of the operation to detach from Poland’s influence on the system of our state, it is usurpation and blackmail,” Kaleta added.

Polish Government Spokesperson Piotr Müller said the move was “not a model in which the European Union should function – a union of sovereign states.”

“The way of punishments and blackmail towards our country is not the right way,” Müller said.


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