EP Resolution on Poland date: 2020-09-17


On September 17th, the European Parliament adopted a resolution stating that there is on going deterioration in the rule of law in Poland with 513 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voting yes, 148 voting no, and with 33 abstaining.


The resolution drafted by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs of the European Parliament states that the situation in Poland has further deteriorated since the activation of the EU Treaty Sanctions under Article 7 Procedure (which procedure was launched in April against Poland over various rule of law issues). The current resolution recommends for the European Commission and for the EU Council take more decisive steps to defend the rule of law.  Among others, the resolution addresses the on going deterioration of the judicial system in Poland through the package of various legislative reforms,  the diminishing independence of judges and Polish courts from the ruling party,  the political capture of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal as well as other courts, the diminishing freedom of speech and association, the ongoing restriction on the access to abortion and lessening other rights of women (Poland is planning to leave EU-wide Istanbul Convention which protects women against domestic violence, among others), the increasing persecution of LGBTQ people, as well as support given by the ruling party to the arch-conservative elements of the Polish Church (who among others, not only condemns the LGBTQ community, but advocate for the use of “conversion” therapy as a “treatment” for homosexuality). Poland has two months to respond. If Poland and the EC do not reach resolution, the matter may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.


Predictably, 20 MEPs from the Polish center-right and center-left parties support the resolution, while the Polish far-right MEPs representing the current ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party are against it arguing that it is an infringement in the Polish internal affairs, a  form of “leftist conspiracy” against Poland.  


For the full text of the resolution see the following: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2020-0225_EN.pdf

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