Treaties do not authorise EU institutions to assess ideological issues: FM

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz expressed his opinion that treaties do not authorise institutions of the European Union to evaluate ideological issues, and underlined that such criteria could not be taken into account while assessing Member States of the Union.

Mr Czaputowicz made the statement when asked about his opinion regarding the proposal of one of the European Parliament committees, according to which EU funds should be cut for those regions in Poland that declare themselves as LGBT-free zones, and about his view concerning another proposal linking EU funds with the rule of law.

The Polish FM said that Poland did not support the proposal linking EU funds with the rule of law.

“Not because we believe that the rule of law is unimportant. We believe that it is very important, but we are also convinced that Poland is a democratic and law-abiding country,” he stressed.

In this context he recalled that the election turnout in the presidential vote in Poland during the coronavirus pandemic reached 68 percent, and underlined that this showed Poland was a democratic country.

“Poland is not against taking into account democracy and rule-of-law-related issues. But we believe that in this case it will be very difficult to define concrete criteria, which will be objective enough to objectively evaluate the observance of law. We fear that this can be a political instrument in the hands of some leaders or the European Commission,” the minister stated.

Having repeated that treaties do not authorise EU institutions to evaluate ideological issues and that such criteria could not be taken into account while assessing the Member States, Mr Czaputowicz said that this could arouse concern in Poland since “we believe that the EU supervises those spheres to which it has been granted competencies by EU members, while these particular competencies have not been entrusted with EC institutions.”

The Polish FM criticised steps taken by the European Parliament, adding that they looked like an attempt to impose ideological solutions. He declared that Poland would oppose this position.

He expressed his belief that the EC was a rational institution, and that he did not expect these postulates to win support.

“I do not think that Poland will have to veto them since most countries will oppose them from the very beginning,” he concluded.