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  • 12 October 2017

    Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Thursday that the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the rule of law in some European countries, including Poland, is "unwarranted interference by external institutions".

     

    At a joint press conference with the Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz at the Polish Social and Cultural Centre in London, Waszczykowski stressed that the resolution seeks to "stigmatize and attack Poland".

     

    "We remind the world and our allies in Europe that the issue of judicial reform remains one of the last to be modernized over the last 25 years. Poles have been demanding these reforms for years and two years ago gave us a strong mandate and authorization to carry out reforms of this aspect of political and social life,” the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

     

    He stressed that "in reforming the justice system, we are importing solutions already adopted in democratic countries", and "therefore what is good in other EU Member States should also be good and acceptable in Poland".

     

    "Since the public expects us to do this, since we have a mandate for this, and are already importing proven international solutions, we believe that any interference by outside institutions is unwarranted, especially since this area of modernization and regulation of life is not subject to European and EU solutions,” the Foreign Minister said.

     

    The Foreign Minister and Defence Minister are in London where they will hold meetings with their British counterparts within the so-called Quadriga format.

     

    On Wednesday evening the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on the rule of law in some European countries, including Poland. It called on five countries – Poland, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Turkey – to take action to restore the rule of law.

     

    The resolution "urges the Polish leaderhship to refrain from any reform that could jeopardize respect for the rule of law, and in particular the functioning of the National Council of the Judiciary and the independence of the judiciary and prosecutors." "We also encourage the Polish authorities to use the relevant regulations of the Council of Europe  (…) to fully cooperate with its bodies and to implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission," the document reads.

     

    According to the resolution, "the current situation of the Constitutional Tribunal should be re-examined in the light of recommendations by international bodies to ensure full respect for the principles of legality and legal certainty".

     

    42 members of the Assembly voted in favour of adopting the resolution, while 9 voted against. The resolution was supported by PO and Nowoczesna MPs and was opposed by PiS and Kukiz’15 parliamentarians.

     

    During the vote, members of the Parliamentary Assembly rejected amendments by PiS parliamentarians removing Poland from the group of countries where the rule of law is threatened.

     

    The motion for a resolution was drafted by German MP Bernd Fabritius, the deputy head of the Legal and Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe. He said during the debate that the draft was created because legal standards are at risk in certain countries.

     

    Source: PAP

     

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