European Commission gives Poland ultimatum over constitutional crisis

Poland was given time to Monday, May 23 to undertake measures to solve its constitutional tribunal crisis, or the commission will adopt an opinion on the situation in Poland, opening the door for the second stage of the procedure of protection of the rule of law, the European Commission said in a statement.

At the Wednesday meeting of the commissioners the first vice president Frans Timmermans presented the results of talks which have been conducted since January 13 with the Polish authorities.

He said that the commissioners authorized him to adopt an opinion on Poland by May 23 “unless significant progress is made by the Polish authorities to resolve the concerns presented by the Commission before that date”.

The amendments to the constitutional tribunal law passed in December by the Polish parliament dominated by Law and Justice party (PiS) have sparked lots of controversy, seen as limiting the court’s powers.

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