BUCHAREST: Poland was banned Monday (Sep 17) from the EU body representing the member states’ judicial institutions over its perceived lack of independence after controversial government reforms.

The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) announced it had stripped the Polish National Judicial Council of its voting rights and excluded it from the network following a meeting in Bucharest.

“The extreme circumstances of this particular case have led to the decision just taken,” the body said in a statement.

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