Poland given more time to solve constitutional crisis

Poland’s government has a few more days to strike a compromise with the European Commission over the solution of the Constitutional Tribunal (TK) crisis and the issue of the rule of law. The Commission will return to the issue on June 1, commissioner Andrus Ansip told reporters.

The Commission expects the Polish government to make fast moves aimed at resolving Tribunal crisis, deputy European Commission president Frans Timmermans said. If solutions are presented promptly, the commission will not adopt an opinion on the rule of law in Poland, he added.

At issue are the amendments to the Constitutional Tribunal law passed in December by the Polish parliament dominated by Law and Justice (PiS), which have sparked lots of controversy, seen as limiting the court’s powers.

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