EK launches in Poland sanctions procedure

BRUSSELS, 20 Dec – RIA Novosti, Alexander Shishlo. The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday decided to begin a sanctions procedure against Poland persons who, in the opinion of the Executive Board of the European Union, the authorities of that country’s retreat from democratic norms as a result of judicial reform, said the first Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans.

“The Commission has decided to use article 7(1)” — he told reporters in Brussels.

According to him, today the EC “no other options”. This sanctions measure is launched against EU member States for the first time.

Timmermans announced that the Commission will now notify you of its decision, the Council of the EU. However, he said that the EC is prepared in consultation with the EU Council and the European Parliament to review adopted by the Executive Board decision, if the authorities of Poland in the next three months to fulfill the requirements of Brussels on the introduction of appropriate amendments in judicial legislation.

We are talking about the application in respect of Poland article 7 of the Treaty on European Union. The EC for the reform of the Polish judiciary had previously threatened Warsaw activation of this article that is fraught with Poland deprivation of voting rights in the Council of the EU, if other countries-members of the community will welcome the decision.

Earlier, the Polish Senate adopted the final version of the controversial laws on the Supreme court and the National judicial Council, a draft of which was proposed by President Andrzej Duda. In the course of consideration in the Seimas in the draft was amended, taking into account that documents are significantly different from that proposed by the President and again to criticism from the opposition.

Meanwhile, according to the first President of the European Council (2009-2014) Herman van Rompuy, to deprive Poland of votes in the EU Council for having, in the opinion of the community institutions, a retreat from democratic norms is unrealistic, because “it is already clear” that among the countries-EU members on the issue not reached the required unanimity.

In the procedural order of the original decision of the European Commission must approve at least 22 of the 28 EU member States. If this happens, the final decision must be adopted unanimously 28 heads of state and government.