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  • “What is happening in Poland is nothing unusual. We share European values, also those that concern the rule of law, but we differ in their interpretation,” said Deputy Minister Szymański in an interview granted to Jenne Jan Holtland, Volkskrant correspondent in Poland.


    Commenting Frans Timmermans’ words concerning the judicial reform and the rule of law in Poland, the deputy minister observed that his accusations were very general. “We do not share his opinion that there is a systemic threat to the rule of law. We will be able to address the reservations in more specific terms once they are better defined,” said Szymański. He added that clarifications regarding the Constitutional Tribunal had been communicated to the Commission.


    Poland’s deputy foreign minister stressed that it was up to the European Commission how long the dispute would last. “This Commission has decided to take a collision course with Poland. There are no grounds for sanctions,” said the deputy minister. Commenting on the possible invocation of Art. 7 of the EU Treaty, the deputy minister said that it would mean that Poland would have to defend its reasons in the European Council. “If the Commission decides to trigger the procedure for breaching EU treaties, we are prepared to defend our position before the European Court of Justice,” he said.


    Deputy Minister Szymański also observed that Europe’s future lies in preserving the EU. “The best way we can defend our interests is when we stand united. Every form of division is a defeat,” he underscored. Thus he rebutted the argument that Poland seeks in practice to build a ‘two-speed’ Union.” “If Brussels believes that Warsaw and Budapest represent an alternative to Europe, then they fail to grasp the whole situation,” he said. According to the deputy foreign minister, Central Europe is the most pro-European part of the Continent. He also noted that Poland does not share the doubts that the Netherlands or France have regarding the need for integration.


    Source: Volkskrant

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