Polish Judge Igor Tuleya has had his salary cut and immunity from prosecution removed. We explain what’s going on.
Judge Tuleya has been an outspoken critic of the Polish Government’s attacks on the independence of the judiciary.
The body that has done this is known as the Disciplinary Chamber of The Supreme Court. What’s the problem there?
The European Court of Justice ruled that the body was not independent and therefore not allowed to issue rulings. Not only is it an illegal so-called “court” that has tried to punish Tuleya, its attempt to issue rulings punishing them is itself a violation of EU law.
So just after Poland vetoed the rule of law conditionality mechanism, it showed the world why the mechanism is needed. At the EU Observer Daniel Hegedus thinks about how the EU can get out of this crisis. and also reminds us that the budget veto is unpopular in Poland.
Another time to remind people that Rule of Law conditionality is supported by voters in every member state — including Hungary (72%) and Poland (also 72%). The will of the people