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Poland risks lawsuit over paralyzed constitutional court

Poland risks lawsuit over paralyzed constitutional court

Poland’s constitutional tribunal is currently paralyzed and there is no system to monitor whether the law is being enforced, said head of the Council of Europe Thorbjoern Jagland during a press conference in Warsaw. His visit is related to the ruling of the Venice Comission, which said that “weakening of the Constitutional Tribunal efficiency would undermine democracy, human rights and rule of justice,” in Poland.

Jagland warned that unless the situation is resolved, Poland may face a lawsuit from the human rights court. “The concern is that if the constitutional crisis continues a … complaint or application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg may arrive.”

Jagland added that the best way out of the situation is parliamentary solution.

In the course of his visit the official met with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinski, and the Ombudsman Adam Bodnar.


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