European commission to debate Poland’s controversial new laws
The Law and Justice Polish government adopted last week new bills providing it with extra-powers over the media, the public broadcasting executive staff and the Supreme Court. An event considered as not conforming to basic EU rule of law and that triggered complaints from media freedom associations all over Europe and Brussels.
Complaints that Poland chose to voluntarily sweep. For example, the Justice Minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, disclaimed any German critics by invoking World War Two and Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland.
In this context, the Commission gathers to discuss the situation in Poland and the EU rule of law framework. Several actions could be taken against Poland to enforce the EU’s pillars of democracy. This meeting showing the concern of EU for this situation is first of its kind, though the EU already experienced crisis with some head of the State over the years.
Nonetheless, it is unlikely that the EU will adopt penalty procedures such as stripping voting rights of Poland in the EU. Moreover, Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Prime Minister already announced that he would veto such a proposition.
However, the commission might call for further investigation of Polish law in the end of the week or on the occasion of the European Parliament gathering on the 19th of January.
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