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The European Commission has replied to the letter of the Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey (of which MEDEL is a member) of 31 August 2020. You can read it below:

Thank you for your letter dated 31 August 2020 and sent to Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, Vice President Vera Jourova, Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi and HR/VP Josep Borrell Fontelles.

I have been asked to reply. I would like to inform you that, in the context of the EU enlargement policy, the European Commission monitors closely developments and reports on the progress achieved by Turkey in a number of policy areas.

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MEDEL condemns the decision of the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme court on lifting the immunity of judge Igor Tuleya, suspending him and reducing his salary.

Interview of Monika Frackowiak about the rule of law breaches taking place in PolandDon't miss the interview of Monika Frackowiak, member of the board of MEDEL, to New Europeans' "Friday Casebook" - the situation of #RuleOfLaw in #Poland and the threats to the independence of the Judiciary in the #EU.

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Find here the final text of Opinion no. 23 of the CCJE, approved at the plenary session on November 6th 2020.

It's a very important text about the role of judicial associations in promoting Rule of Law and many of MEDEL's suggestions were accepted.

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MEDEL actively cooperated and contributed to the report "The Functioning of Courts in the COVID/19 pandemic", now published by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created considerable challenges for the functioning of courts during states of emergency, curfews and lockdowns. Yet, courts have a vital function during and after the pandemic, in particular to ensure judicial scrutiny of emergency legislation and to provide an effective remedy against excessive emergency measures in individual cases.

"The Role of Associations of Judges in Supporting Judicial Independence"

MEDEL was present as oberver in the 21st plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of the Council of Europe.

Today, the plenary adopted the important Opinion no. 23(2020) - "The Role of Associations of Judges in Supporting Judicial Independence".

Le MondeMEDEL has co-signed an article in the french newspaper Le Monde denouncing the attacks against the independence of the public prosecution service in France. You can read the article below:

Eric Dupond-Moretti s’est engagé à transmettre à Jean Castex l’enquête administrative qu’il a ordonnée contre trois magistrats du PNF. Des juristes, avocats et universitaires estiment que le garde des sceaux est plongé dans un « conflit d’intérêts majeur ».

Les manœuvres dont fait l’objet, depuis trois mois, le Parquet national financier (PNF), méritent que chaque citoyen, chaque personne soucieuse du bien public et du bon fonctionnement de la démocratie, s’attache à comprendre, à analyser et à dénoncer l’épisode qui est en train de se jouer sous ses yeux.

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The CJEU-disabled Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme court decided on lifting judicial immunity of judge Beata Morawiec and imposing disciplinary charges in the form of suspension and reduction of salary by 50%.

This is a direct and blatant violation of ECJ order of 08.04.2020, suspending the so-called Disciplinary Chamber in the disciplinary proceedings against judges. Consequently, MEDEL does not recognize todays’ decision, considers Beata Morawiec  an active judge and expresses her its full support and solidarity.

Online event "Europe for Poland"

In defence of #RuleOfLaw and Independence of the Judiciary in #Poland and in #Europe.
Thank you to @RaftoFoundation, @ProfPech, @JudgesSsp and @lex_super_omnia.

Watch the recording here:

Online event "Europe for Poland"Join Rafto Foundation and MEDEL next Friday, October 2nd, at 10am (CET), at an online event in support of the independence of the Judiciary and Rule of Law:

On Monday 5 October the “Disciplinary chamber” of the Polish Supreme Court will hear a motion presented by the National Prosecution Office to waive the immunity against criminal prosecution for Judge Igor Tuleya of the Warsaw district court. This is a second attempt to waive his immunity after the refusal of a first motion in June this year.

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