BRUSSELS, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Poland must not appoint a new president to its Constitutional Tribunal until the government properly commits to respecting the top court, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday.
"There is a serious issue with the independence of the highest court in the land," Timmermans told a news conference after a meeting with EU commissioners to decide to send more recommendations to the Polish government.
The Commission said in a statement that the government must stop undermining its tribunal in its public statements and actions and that the new president could not head the court until a host of issues were resolved.
These add to recommendations issued by the Commission on July 27. (Reporting by Robin Emmott and Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)