EC, CoE have to start acting on rule of law in Poland: resolution draftsman

The European Commission and the Council of Europe must start acting on the issue of the rule of law in Poland, said the rapporteur of the draft resolution on the matter, MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar from the Socialists and Democrats group at a press conference in Brussels.

A debate on the matter took place in the EP on Monday. The deputy head of the European Commission, Vera Jourova, announced that the Commission would soon decide on the next steps in the procedure against Poland concerning the judiciary.

MEP Aguilar pointed out that if the EP adopts a resolution on the rule of law in Poland on Thursday, it will be the tenth such document.

"Is it a coincidence that the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission, several other centres of expertise that deal with fundamental rights and democracy, including the OSCE and the European Parliament, say that the rule of law, democracy and human rights are deteriorating in Poland? It is not a coincidence”, he said.

The Spaniard stated that even though the EP had launched Art. 7 of the treaty, the standards of democracy continued to deteriorate. Therefore, he said, it is necessary to adopt another resolution on Poland.

Its content concerns issues such as the independence of the judiciary, competences of the prosecutor's office in Poland, the situation of the Supreme Court, freedom of speech, media pluralism, the situation of minorities, including LGBT, and anti-Semitism in the recent electoral campaign.

The draft report points to "overwhelming evidence" of violations of the rule of law and fundamental rights in Poland. Its authors write about the constant deterioration of the state of democracy in the country.

The vote on the draft resolution is set to take place on Thursday.