Law & Justice

  • EU to Withhold Funds from Poland over Unpaid Fine

    February 09, 2022

    The European Commission plans to withhold €15m in EU funds from Poland for Warsaw refusing to pay the European Court of Justice €500,000 per day in fines for not complying with the court’s decision over a coal mine dispute.

  • EU Sends Official Notice to Poland to Pay Fines Over Judicial Regime

    January 25, 2022

    The conflict between Poland and the European Union continues as the European Commission has sent Poland notice of 70 million euros in fines for not reversing their disciplinary regime for judges.

  • Romania’s Constitutional Court Rejects Primacy of European Law

    December 29, 2021

    Following Poland, Romania’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) cannot be applied without first amending the country’s constitution, calling into question the primacy of European law over national law.

  • Daily Mail: European Commission Threatens to Block Britain's Reform of Human Rights Act

    December 22, 2021

    As concerns rise over Britain's judicial ‘sovereign independence' the United Kingdom has presented reforms that would allow British rulings to take precedence over those of the European Court of Human Rights causing a rebuff from Brussels who threatened to no longer cooperate on crime should the reforms pass.

  • Recalling the Vatican’s 2019 Document on Gender Theory in Education

    December 10, 2021

    The Vatican’s 2019 document on gender theory in education relates to Venice Commission scrutiny of Hungary’s laws protecting children from gender identification indoctrination 

  • ECJ AG Backs Rule-of-Law Measure

    December 04, 2021

    In a setback for Poland and Hungary, an opinion by an ECJ advocate general called on the court to dismiss a challenge from the two countries against a law that allows Brussels to block EU funds to member states that fail to guarantee independent courts or institutions according to the EU.

  • Politico: ECJ Rules against Hungary in Judicial Rule-of-Law Case

    November 23, 2021

    Rule-of-law is once again front and center as the the EU’s Court of Justice ruled that Hungary’s supreme court had improperly interfered with and disciplined a lower court judge, highlighting the subject of whether or not Hungarian judges can freely submit questions to EU’s highest court.

  • ECJ: Polish Rules on Appointing Judges Violate EU Law

    November 17, 2021

    The legal battles continued this week between the EU and Poland over whose law has primacy when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the ability of the Polish government to appoint and remove judges from trials is in violation of EU law.

  • Parliament Sues Commission Over Failure to Use New Rule of Law Power

    November 03, 2021

    The European Parliament has sued the European Commission over its failure to trigger a new power linking EU funding to a country’s respect for the rule of law.

  • EU Top Official Clashes with Polish PM Over Rule of Law

    October 20, 2021

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki laid bare their differences of opinion on rule-of-law principles during a heated debate with EU lawmakers.

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