EU Court Orders Poland to Pay $1.2 Million Daily Penalty in Rule-of-Law Disputeon October 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm

The Polish government must pay a 1 million euro (about $1.2 million) penalty per day for maintaining a disciplinary chamber for judges, the European Union’s top court, citing the primacy of EU law over national law, ruled on Oct. 27. “As it has not suspended the application of the provisions of national legislation relating, in particular, to the areas of jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, Poland is ordered to pay the European Commission a daily penalty payment in an amount of €1.000.000,” the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said in a statement. The punitive measure comes after the Luxembourg court had asked Poland in July as an interim measure to immediately suspend all activities of the chamber, which led to a war of words in which Poland told the EU to stay out of its judicial affairs. The fine is separate from another daily …

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