The European Union has launched a sanctions procedure against Poland

The European Union has launched a sanctions procedure against Poland

MOSCOW, 29 Jul — RIA Novosti. The European Commission launched a sanctions procedure against Poland because of a controversial judicial reform, said in a statement to the Commission.

The European Commission has sent Warsaw the letter with the official notification after 28 July in Poland was officially published the law on the work of General courts.

As stated by the first Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans, the law of concern to the EC as it provides for a different retirement age for judges-men and women, which violates the EC Treaty and the Directive on gender equality and employment. In addition, the law grants the Minister of justice the appointment and removal of judges, and this may undermine the independence of the Polish courts. According to Timmermans, Warsaw was given a month to address these violations.

Sanctions the procedure takes place in several stages. If an official letter of claims will not follow a satisfactory response, the Commission will issue a reasoned opinion. Then, if the country-the offender will not bring their policies in line with this conclusion within the prescribed period, the EC may appeal to the Court of justice.

Earlier it was reported that as a result, Poland could lose the right to vote in the EU Council.