EU Commission demands Poland to revise top court changes

EU Commission sends letter to conservative Polish government, demanding revise highly criticised top court changes

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Protesters wave Polish and European Union flags during an anti government demonstration in Warsaw, Poland,on Dec. 19, 2015

Updated Dec 24, 2015

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Polish government, demanding to revise a constitutional law amendment approved by the lower house of Polish Parliament on Tuesday, a German newspaper reported.

The lower house, which is dominated by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) Party, approved the constitutional amendment although the supreme court and human rights activists were concerned that it would weaken the separation of powers and cripple the constitutional court.

The PiS, led by conservative ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has already plunged the country into a political crisis over its controversial nominations to the Constitutional Court.

In the 15-member court, the governing party is attempting to position five judges of their choice and refuses to recognise judges that were appointed by the previous parliament –the liberal Civil Platform (PO) Party.

However, PiS denied the allegations that state judges in the constitutional court should be replaced to guarantee the power balance in the judicial system.

According to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, had sent a letter to Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro for prompting the EU’s basic principles.

"The rule of law is one of the common values on which the European Union is based," the newspaper quoted from the letter which will be published on Thursday.

Also, the letter quoted by the newspaper accordingly states that the European Commission has been observing the ongoing situation that could question the rules of the law for the EU member state.

Since the government’s attempt, numerous demonstrations have taken place in Poland's most populated cities such as Lublin, Poznan and Gdansk, apart from the capital Warsaw.

People hold up a banner that reads,"Jaroslaw [Kaczynski] leave Poland," during an anti-government demonstration in front of the Constitutional Court in Warsaw, Poland on December 12, 2015

Since the government’s attempt, numerous demonstrations have taken place In Poland's most populated such as Lublin, Poznan and Gdansk, apart from the capital Warsaw.

 Tens of thousands of people have participated in demonstrations to protest against the "democratorship" of a conservative government.

TRTWorld and agencies