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EU Parliament warns Poland on rule of law

17 November 2017, 00:29 CET
EU Parliament warns Poland on rule of law

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(STRASBOURG) - Poland is at "clear risk of a serious breach" of European values, including the rule of law, enshrined in the EU Treaty, MEPs said on Wednesday, warning of possible suspension of Poland's EU voting rights.

In the vote, the Parliament decided by 438 votes to 152 to prepare a formal request that the Council activate the preventive mechanism provided for in Article 7.1.of the Treaty. If the risk persists and the Polish authorities refuse to comply with the EU recommendations, the procedure might lead to the suspension of Poland's voting rights in the Council.

Specific concerns were voiced about the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and fundamental rights.

The resolution calls on the Polish authorities to uphold the common European values listed in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union and in the Polish Constitution. It urges Poland:

  • not to proceed the new laws unless they fully guarantee the independence of the judiciary to implement all EU Commission and Venice Commission recommendations in full,
  • to comply with the EU Court of Justice order to "immediately suspend large-scale logging" in the ancient Bialowieza forest,
  • to respect the right of freedom of assembly,
  • to strongly condemn the "xenophobic and fascist march that took place in Warsaw" on Saturday, 11 November 2017, and
  • to take a firm stand on women's rights, by providing free and accessible contraception without discrimination and making emergency contraception available without medical prescription.

Under Parliament's Rules of Procedure (Rule 83), its Civil Liberties Committee now needs to draw up a "reasoned proposal", the document required to call on the Council to trigger the rule of law mechanism in response to a "clear risk of a serious breach" of European values by the Polish authorities.

This is only the second time that the European Parliament has taken formal steps to call on the Council to start the Article 7 procedure. The first was taken in May 2017 with respect to Hungary. The procedure is still under way.

The dialogue between the Commission and the Polish authorities is conducted under the "rule of law" procedure initiated in January 2016.

Further information, European Parliament

Adopted texts will be available here (click on 15.11.2017)

Understanding the EU Rule of Law mechanisms (EP Research note, January 2016)

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EU values and poland...

Posted by Demir Arabaci at 19 November 2017, 22:41 CET

What did the EU expect when all the rifraf in europe was allowed in to the union from all the former soviet union countries such as poland, and hungry etc.
They were un-civilised smelly dirty barbarians unfit to live next to the French, English, Germans, italians
 or any of the respectable euripian nations.
Take the plunge and don't exasperate the problem any further. Give them a "Must exit in 60 days" card now.