Polish government will hold discussions with EU states on issue of sanctions

  • Polish government will hold discussions with EU states on issue of sanctions

Warsaw: Polish Foreign Minister Vitold Vashchikovsky said that the government plans to spend the next three months in negotiations with the EU countries to discuss the initiation of sanctions by the European Commission.

"The best medicine is, as a rule, a dialogue. We want to conduct this dialogue. We want to explain to our partners why our justice system reforms are needed. I expect that we will be able to reach a common position, at least when it comes to understanding each other's positions. I am a moderate optimist about this, "Vashchikovsky said, reports the Polish radio.

Thus, the Polish government now has three months to present its position on the situation of both the Commission and other EU member states.

On Wednesday, January 3, Prime Minister Mateusz Moravetsky plans to travel to Budapest to meet with Victor Orban. And on January 9, the Prime Minister of Poland intends to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

After that, other visits to other European states are planned.

The European Commission on December 20 launched a procedure for imposing sanctions against Poland because of a serious violation of the rule of law.

This year, the ruling party of Jaroslav Kaczynski in Poland, "Law and Justice" initiated judicial reform, trying to amend three laws - the Supreme Court, the National Judicial Council and the Court of General Jurisdiction, which increases political control over judges by changing the procedure for appointing and sending to resignation of the chairmen of the courts. The Council of Europe severely criticized the new judicial legislation in Poland.

The European Commission expressed deep concern about the clear risks to the independence of the judiciary in Poland and urged the Polish government to stop the introduction of new laws or to abolish them.

President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed laws on judicial reform, despite the fact that the European Commission is threatened with sanctions.

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