MEDEL welcomes the ECJ verdict delivered on 24 June 2019  (C-619/18) – the first in a series of “rule of law” rulings regarding Poland.

The Court stressed, that although the organisation of justice in the Member States falls within the competence of the latter, the fact remains that, when exercising that competence, the Member States are required to comply with their obligations under EU law.

It follows that the Member States must put in place remedies sufficient to ensure effective legal protection, within the meaning of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in the fields covered by EU law Thus every Member State must, under the second subparagraph of Article19(1) TEU, ensure that the bodies which, as ‘courts or tribunals’ within the meaning of EU law, come within its judicial system in those fields meet the requirements of that protection. To ensure that a body such as the Supreme Court is in a position to offer such protection, maintaining its independence is essential.

wettinck seneseIn just a week, the European judiciary has lost two of its most relevant and brilliant voices, and MEDEL saw the departure of two of its founding members: Christian Wettinck and Salvatore Senese.

In this sad moment, MEDEL pays tribute to these exceptional magistrates and pledges to keep building what they fought for during their entire lives: a Europe of Justice and Solidarity, where Human Rights are respected and where the most weak are protected by a truly independent Judiciary.

The current members of MEDEL will always follow their example and through our actions and our continuing struggle, Wettinck and Senese's life and thoughts will forever remain with us. 

MEDELOn Saturday, June 22nd 2019, MEDEL will hold its next Council of Administration in Prague, Czech Republic.

The previous day, Friday June 21st, in cooperation with the Prague City Hall, MEDEL and its Czech member association SOUDCOVSKÁ UNIE ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY will organize the international conference

"Increasing Psychological Resistance of a Judge",

with the following program:

MEDELThe recent declarations made by the Italian Interior Minister are unacceptable and a serious breach of the Rule of Law. MEDEL has issued today a statement in that regard:

On the 23rd of May, pronounced by MEDEL as the Alert Day for the Independence of Justice in Europe, MEDEL invited to reflect on the need for an independent and effective justice all over Europe and its importance for the safeguard of European citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms, as very dark signs have arisen all over Europe in recent years, inside and outside the European Union.

Unfortunately, few days have passed until another shocking and worrying example of the threats referred to by MEDEL came to light - the attack from the Italian Interior Minister against the judges who issued decisions on the matter of international protection of asylum-seekers and migrants.

President of MEDEL received Jesus Vicente Chamorro prize awarded to Murat ArslanUnión Progresista de Fiscales, the Spanish Prosecutor's association member of MEDEL, has awarded last saturday the Jesus Vicente Chamorro prize to Murat Arslan, president of YARSAV, in the closing dinner of the annual Congress, in the presence of the Spanish General Prosecutor.

The prize is awarded every year to a personality who has excelled in the promotion and defense of Human Rights.

IustitiaAs a way of reaffirming our solidarity, our Polish member association, Iustitia, has made a video with images of detentions in Turkish courts after the coup in Turkey and with judges and prosecutors from all over Europe, reading some of the letters.

MEDELMarking the date of Giovanni Falcone’s assassination by the Mafia in 1992, MEDEL pronounced the 23rd of May as the alert day for the independence of justice in Europe. On this date, we are invited to reflect on the need for an independent and effective justice all over Europe and its importance for the safeguard of European citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms.

Very dark signs have arisen all over Europe in recent years, inside and outside the European Union. However, in no place as in Turkey did we witness such an orchestrated and premeditated campaign to completely destroy the independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law. Since the attempted Coup d’État of July 15th, 2016, all Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers who had constantly struggled for an independent justice have been persecuted, arrested, dismissed and have seen their property seized without any previous due process and with absolutely no guarantees of defense. 

EuronewsEuronews, the European news network who also broadcasts in Turkish language, has just released news about MEDEL's ebook of the letters in Turkish.

Here is the link:

EUIn the last month of March, MEDEL organized a cycle of conferences about four topics which in our view should be at the core of the debate in the electoral campaign for the upcoming European Parliament elections: immigration; populism; austerity and social rights; Rule of Law.

We gathered most of the speeches and presentations of those four conferences in the ebook that can be found HERE.

Solidarity with Iustitia and all Polish JudgesMEDEL was represented by its president today at the hearing held at the "Grande Chambre" of the European Court of Justice, in Luxembourg, on joint cases C-585/18, C-624/18 CP and C-625/18, regarding the lowering of retirement age of Polish Judges.

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