Vera Jourová gave a lecture to Leuven University’s Reconnect programme where she described the Polish disciplinary chamber’s removal of judges as “unacceptable”. She wants to say the cavalry is coming, but will it arrive in time? Watch the lecture here.
At Verfassungsblog, Majek Toborowski, deputy Ombudsman of Poland, looks at the clash between the Polish government’s attempt to declare compliance with EU law incompatible with the Polish constitution. He thinks it’s a political battle, timed for the EU budget’s Own Resources Decision, over which Poland has a veto.
Judit Varga, Hungarian Justice minister gets into a tense debate with Irish minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne. Like a right wing Skunk Anansie Varga says focus on the rule of law is a political matter really just hostility to conservatism. This’ll come as news to an Irish government dominated by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael which are hardly. Watch the debate here, and read the write-up in the Irish Times.
And over at the other part of the commission, Didier Reynders announces a new consultation for next year’s Rule of Law report.