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Parliamentary questions
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14 October 2020
Priority question for written answer P-005616/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Kosma Złotowski (ECR)
 Subject: Threats to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in France

The two biggest unions representing French judges have sent a letter to the Commission asking for the independence of French courts to be safeguarded. The judges claim that the decisions and planned reforms of both the French Justice Minister, Eric Dupond-Moretti, and President Macron undermine the independence of the French judiciary. According to the judges, Dupond-Moretti, a long-serving lawyer who was investigated for alleged corruption involving former President Sarkozy, should not be responsible for reforming the justice system.

In this context:

1. Does the Commission intend to intervene in connection with what the French judges claim are grave attacks on the independence of the judiciary and on the rule of law in France? If so, what action will be taken?

2. Does the Commission consider that the letter from the judges’ trade unions contradicts the conclusions of the chapter on France(1) in the Rule of Law Report 2020, which does not raise concerns about the functioning of the French justice system?

3. Does the Commission believe that the French Government has the right to carry out the reform of the justice system and structure referred to in the letter sent by the unions representing French judges?

Original language of question: PL
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