Tusk: Poland should respect watchdog's recommendations
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President of the European Council and former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk has said that Poland should carry out the recommendations of the Venice Commission concerning the ongoing constitutional crisis.
President of the European Council and former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Tusk commented on the situation prior to meeting current Polish prime minister Beata Szydło at an EU summit on migration in Brussels.
He said that last Friday's recommendations by the Council of Europe watchdog should help in resolving the stand-off between the government and the Constitutional Tribunal.
“Poland has undoubtedly found itself at a crossroads, as regards its reputation, or the assessment of what is happening with the rule of law in Poland,” he said.
The Venice Commission has published extensive recommendations, concluding that Prime Minister Beata Szydło should publish a ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, thus making it legally binding.
The Law and Justice government is refusing to publish the ruling – which rejects reforms to the court that were voted through parliament in December – claiming that the court's ruling was itself unconstitutional.
However, the Venice Commission has argued that the court “has not fallen short of Polish constitutional law.” (nh/pk)