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EP to vote on resolution on Poland at end of February: EP group leaders

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Alicja Baczyńska 02.02.2018 08:30
A vote on a resolution on Poland will be held at the European Parliament’s next plenary debate on 28 February, the EP’s political group leaders said on Thursday.
The European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: Pixabay/you_littleswineThe European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: Pixabay/you_littleswine

The decision was made by the so-called Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.

In December, the European Commission resolved to activate Article 7 of the EU Treaty, which means that the EU’s executive wants the bloc’s member states to declare that the rule of law in Poland is under threat.

Warsaw has repeatedly clashed with Brussels over sweeping changes to courts in Poland under the Law and Justice party.

Critics have claimed the changes undermine judicial independence, but Poland's ruling conservatives have said the reforms are vital to make courts more efficient and more transparent.

Triggering Article 7 could pave the way for sanctions being imposed on Poland, for example suspending its voting rights in the European Union. But penalties on Warsaw would have to be backed unanimously by EU member states, while Hungary has said it would not support sanctions. (aba/pk)

Source: Dziennik

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