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EU values in Poland: MEPs concerned about continuous deterioration

Met dank overgenomen van Europees Parlement (EP), gepubliceerd op woensdag 15 december 2021.

On Wednesday, Parliament took stock of developments in Poland, with many speakers calling for action to halt the backsliding on the rule of law and fundamental rights.

In a debate with Minister Anže Logar representing the Slovenian Presidency and Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas, MEPs called on the Council, the Commission, and EU member states to step up their efforts to stop the continuous deterioration of EU values in Poland.

Speakers representing a majority in Parliament referred to the latest worrying developments, in particular:

Others emphasised that the topics in question are within the country’s exclusive competence, that Poland’s sovereignty should be respected, and that the debate is another instance of the politically motivated attacks on the Polish government.

The recorded debate is available here.

Background

The Constitutional Tribunal ruling on the application of the ECHR in Poland followed the decision of the European Court of Human Rights declaring the election of its judges irregular, and rendered the bench unlawful. Parliament has also condemned the Constitutional Tribunal as illegitimate, and unfit to interpret constitution.


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