Being part of the European Union’s judicial area, the judiciary of the Republic of Lithuania cannot stay on the outside reacting to the threatened independence of the judiciary of the Republic of Poland. Lack of such independence has already affected the mutual trust of courts of Poland and other European Union Member States.
On 10 July 2020, the European Commission published the 2020 EU Justice Scoreboard - a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.
On11 June 2020 the ENCJ organised a webconference with the title " The Rule of Law: protection is now urgent. European Commissioner for Justice and Consumers Protention Mr Didier Reynders and Mr Michal Simecka, Member of the EU Parliament for Renew Europe group - addressed the attendees. It was also the the day that the mandate of Mr Kees Sterk as President of the ENCJ expired. He addressed the ENCJ Members, Observers and guests for a last time.
And for the written speeches:
The Tuomioistuinvirasto / Domstolsverket / National Courts Administration of Finland was established on 1 January 2020 with the purpose of strengthening the independence of the judiciary.Previously most of the tasks of the National Courts Administration were handled by the Ministry of Justice. At the General Assembly of 10 June 2020 the application of the National Court Administrtaion of Finland to become an ENCJ member was unanimously agreed by the Members.
At the ENCJ General Assembly of 10 June 2020 the project team reports were adopted.
In relation to Independence and Accountability the main findings are that
During an online meeting on 10 June 2020 the ENCJ General Assembly elected Filippo Donati as the new President (mandate June 2020- June 2022). Filippo Donati is a non-judicial member of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura of Italy. He is a full professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Florence.
In addition 4 new Board members were elected:
On 27 May, the ENCJ Board has adopted a Position Paper on the Membership of the KRS of the ENCJ. In the paper the Board sets out the reasons for its proposal to the
The European Commission has invited the ENCJ to contribute to the European Commission Rule of Law report. This project is meant to provide an annual assessment of both positive and negative significant developments concerning the Rule of Law in EU Member States. The reference period for the 2020 report is from January 2019.
On 22 April 2020, the ENCJ Board has sent a draft Position Paper to the KRS of Poland, setting out the proposed expulsion of KRS from the ENCJ.
In a letter dated 21 February the Executive Board of the ENCJ asked the Polish Council for the Judicary (KRS) to clarify their position and actions in relation to recent developments. The Executive Board will decide, taking into account the replies of KRS, whether to propose the expulsion of the KRS to the ENCJ General Assembly.