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Another international debate on Poland?

PR dla Zagranicy
Paweł Kononczuk 25.01.2016 10:10
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is to decide on Monday whether to hold a debate on the state of democracy in Poland, according to Polish media reports.
Thorbjoern Jagland. Photo: Flickr.com/Aktiv I Oslo.no
Thorbjoern Jagland. Photo: Flickr.com/Aktiv I Oslo.no

The debate could take place on Thursday if it gets the green light.

A decision on the debate will be taken in Strasbourg during the winter session of the parliamentary assembly, which meets several times a year and groups 318 MPs from the parliaments of 47 Council of Europe member countries.

The parliamentary assembly is part of the Council of Europe, an international organisation which aims to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and which is a separate body from the EU.

Earlier this month, the head of the Council of Europe, Thorbjoern Jagland, appealed to Polish President Andrzej Duda not to sign a new law on the media before holding talks with Council of Europe experts on press freedom.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło fended off concerns that her new government has eroded democracy in Poland in a European Parliament debate last week.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has launched a probe into whether controversial laws pushed through by Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) government violate EU standards. (pk)

Sources: TVN24, TVP

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