European Parliament: Poland'south policies menace democracy

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:11 PM

The vote was portion of European Union pressure on Poland'south conservative government to discover a solution to a political conflict surrounding the country'south Constitutional Tribunal and recent changes to the legislation that regulates appointments of its judges.

European Parliament: Poland'south policies menace democracy

The European Parliament on Wednesday condemned Polish government policies, saying they paralyze a top Ct and menace Poland'south democracy and the regulation of law.

The vote was portion of European Union pressure on Poland'south conservative government to discover a solution to a political conflict surrounding the country'south Constitutional Tribunal and recent changes to the legislation that regulates appointments of its judges. The European Parliament urged the government to unblock the Ct by publishing a recent ruling, something the government refuses to do.

In their resolution the EU lawmakers said that actions taken by Poland'south government and president have led to the "effective paralysis of the Constitutional Tribunal which poses a danger to democracy, human rights and the regulation of law."

The resolution was adopted in Strasbourg, France by a 513-142 vote with thirty abstentions. It's non-binding, but could pave the way for further EU procedures and indicates that Poland'south international reputation has been damaged below the Law and Justice government that took office in November.

The resolution drew criticism from Poland'south ruling party lawmakers, who said it misrepresented the situation in Poland and sided with Poland'south opposition parties.

The opposition politicians said the vote was a sign that things are going in the incorrect direction below the current government.

In January, the EU opened a preliminary assessment of the regulation of law in Poland — the first step in a drawn-out procedure that could ultimately lead to suspending Warsaw'south voting rights in the 28-nation bloc.

The resolution suggested the procedure should advance if Poland, an EU member since two thousand four, fails to chase the recommendations voted in on Wednesday.

The resolution stressed all EU members should observe the bloc'south values and principles.

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