Rule of Law: Commission launches infringement procedure against Poland for violating EU law with the new law establishing a special committee

June 8, 2030

Today, the European Commission opened an infringement procedure by sending a letter of formal notice to Poland for violations of EU law. This decision follows a thorough assessment by the Commission of the new law in Poland on the State Committee for the Examination of Russian influence on the internal security of Poland between 2007 and 2022, which is in force since May 31, 2023.

The Commission considers that the new law violates:

– the principle of democracy (Articles 2 and 10 TEU);

– the principles of legality and non-retroactivity of sanctions (Article 49 Charter) and general principles of legal certainty and res judicata;

– the rights to effective judicial protection (Article 47 Charter), ne bis in idem and the protection of professional secrecy (Article 7 Charter);

– the requirements of EU law relating to data protection (GDPR and Article 8 Charter).

More concretely, the Commission considers that the new law unduly interferes with the democratic process.

More information is available in the press release online