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Polish foreign ministry regrets EU executive’s move to trigger Article 7

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Paweł Kononczuk 21.12.2017 10:30
The Polish foreign ministry has said it regrets the European Commission’s decision to take the unprecedented step of triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Warsaw, adding that the step “is essentially political, not a legal one.”

The move by the EU’s executive on Wednesday “puts an unnecessary burden on our mutual relations, which may render it difficult to build understanding and mutual trust between Warsaw and Brussels. That is why we are always ready for talks...” the Polish foreign ministry said.

In a statement published on its website, the foreign ministry added that the Polish government is conducting dialogue with the European Commission in good faith.

“We are convinced that all member states, without unnecessarily stigmatizing one of them, will listen carefully to the arguments put forward by Poland, regardless of the unnecessary political pressure exerted by the European institutions.”

The foreign ministry said Poland wants to continue to reform its justice system. “We owe it to our voters, this is what society expects of us. We are open to social and political debate on this important reform, and from our European partners we expect a comprehensive, objective evaluation and a better understanding of the changes that were introduced to draft laws on the Supreme Court and the National Council of the Judiciary during the legislative work.”

‘One-sided and unfair opinions’

The foreign ministry added: “We cannot accept one-sided and unfair opinions directed at Poland. The negative information campaign about reforms carried out in our country is not based on facts and prevents us from addressing the allegations. It has an impact on the objectivity of European institutions and places a shadow over our good co-operation.”

The foreign ministry said Poland “is ready to defend its claims at the Court of Justice as an independent and impartial judicial body, and even expects that it will be able to do so.”


Source: msz.gov.pl

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