The Senate approved on Saturday the new rule, which among other things allows Parliament’s political parties to directly appoint judges of the Supreme Court.
Poland’s President Andrej Duda has announced on Monday that he will veto two of the three laws of controversial judicial reform proposed by the government and criticized by the opposition and Brussels for considering that it threatens the independence of judges.
The president’s decision comes after the Polish Senate approved the reform on Saturday, which it had previously validated on Thursday the House of Representatives.
On Wednesday, the European Commission announced that it had opened an infringement procedure against the Polish Government if it did not withdraw the judicial reform and warned of the possibility of activating the process that may result in the suspension of the country’s voting rights in The community.
Among other things, the reform, presented by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), stipulates that the government will remove the current members of the National Judicial Council (KRS), one of the main judicial bodies in Poland, whose members are Appointed by the president of the same, and will empower the Parliament to choose 15 of its 25 members.
The PiS contends that new rules are needed to make the judiciary efficient and accountable, but the opposition and groups of judges in Poland say that this law is a new step by the Polish government towards authoritarianism. Thousands of Poles have manifested in recent days against the changes.