Parliament backs Commission’s proposal to activate Article 7 against Poland

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Members of the European Parliament vote for the proposition of European Commission Vice President, Dutch, Frans Timmermans to activate Article 7 (1) TEU regarding the situation in Poland during a plenary session of the European parliament in Brussels, Belgium 01 March 2018. Article 7 (1) TEU regarding the situation in Poland, inlcuding the rule of law, spearation of powers, fundamental rights and independence of judiciary. Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union is a procedure in the treaties of the European Union (EU) to suspend certain rights from a member state.

Parliament backs Commission’s proposal to activate Article 7 against Poland


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The European Parliament voted on March 1 to activate Article 7 against Poland, the first time the preventative measure has been taken since the provision was created in 1997, opening the door for sanctions to be imposed on Warsaw for breaking key tenets of the European Union’s laws.

Since 2015, the Commission has been concerned about the independence of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal and courts because of several changes in national legislation. The Commission has since issued four recommendations but has not been satisfied with Poland’s response.

Brussels believes there has been a breach in the rule-of-law in Poland since the nationalist Law and Justice party of Jarosław Kaczyński came to power in three years ago.

Poland could be stripped of its voting rights on the European Council if MEPs.

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