Rule of Law: Commission discusses latest developments and issues complementary Recommendation to Poland
EU News 421/2016
Today, the European Commission discussed the state of play of the ongoing procedure concerning the Rule of Law in Poland and decided to issue a complementary Rule of Law Recommendation, taking into account the latest developments in Poland that have occurred since the Commission's Recommendation of 27 July 2016. The Commission considers that whereas some of the issues raised in its last Recommendation have been addressed, important issues remain unresolved, and new concerns have arisen in the meantime. The Commission also considers that the procedure which led to the appointment of a new President of the Tribunal raised serious concerns as regards the rule of law. The Commission believes that there continues to be a systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland, which needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. In its complementary Rule of Law Recommendation, the European Commission sets out in detail the remaining as well as its new concerns and invites the Polish Government to solve the problems identified as a matter of urgency. On the basis of the Recommendation, the Commission remains ready to pursue a constructive dialogue with the Polish Government
After a discussion in the college and due to recent developments, the College approved the Recommendation in principle and empowered the First Vice President to update and adopt the Recommendation in the light of the appointment of a new Constitutional Tribunal President on 21 December. This Recommendation complements the Recommendation of 27 July 2016, taking into account the latest developments in Poland.
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