Polish FM had 'good talk' with EC VP
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Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has said he had a “very good talk” with European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Sunday amid EU concerns that the rule of law in Poland is under threat.
Poland's Jacek Czaputowicz. Photo: MSZ (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Czaputowicz said he invited Timmermans to Warsaw during the pair's first meeting since the Polish foreign minister was appointed to the role in a major Cabinet reshuffle.
Czaputowicz also said that he explained that Poland's Constitutional Tribunal was “fully legal”, following criticism both in Poland and Brussels that Poland's ruling conservatives wanted to stack the court with its own candidates.
Timmermans also urged Poland to be more involved in border security, which is also in line with Warsaw's policies, Czaputowicz said.
After the Sunday meeting in Brussels, Timmermans tweeted that he was glad to have met Czaputowicz and that he looked forward to the dialogue about Poland's rule of law situation being continued.
In December, the European Commission took the unprecedented step of launching Article 7 procedures against Poland, stepping up pressure on Warsaw over controversial changes to the judicial system by the country’s ruling conservatives. (vb)