Poland is ready to defend its position, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz declared on Wednesday in reference to the European Commissions decision to launch the next phase of the rule-of-law procedure.
Minister Czaputowicz stressed that Poland has the right to implement reforms.
During a Wednesday debate in Strasbourg, EC Vice President Frans Timmermans confirmed that the European Commission had filed a motion to the EU Council for a formal hearing of Poland with regard to the countrys rule-of-law dispute with the EC, which is bringing Article 7 proceedings against Warsaw.
Czaputowicz, on a visit to Serbia, said that the Polish Foreign Ministry has been informing Brussels continuously on Polish reforms. He gave his assurance that during the next sitting of the EUs General Affairs Council, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański will present such information and once again stress Polands right to carry out reforms and their conformance with EU standards.
The Polish FM recalled that Poland is the first country to be embraced by Article 7 proceedings and thus the EU has no experience in this field. "We are ready to defend our position," stressed the minister.
In December 2017, the EC launched formal proceedings against Poland due to what it saw as a violation of the rule of law in Polands court reforms. Some of the disputed issues have already been negotiated by both parties, but the EC demands more concessions from Warsaw. (PAP)
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