Rule of Law: Commission discusses latest developments and issues complementary Recommendation to Poland

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Series Details IP/16/4476 (21.12.16)
Publication Date 21/12/2016
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On the 21 December 2016, the European Commission discussed the state of play of the ongoing procedure concerning the Rule of Law in Poland and decided to issue a complementary Rule of Law Recommendation, taking into account the latest developments in Poland that have occurred since the Commission's Recommendation of 27 July 2016.

In this complementary Rule of Law Recommendation, the European Commission recommended for Poland to publish and fully implement all the judgments of the Constitutional Tribunal, including those of 9 March and 11 August 2016 concerning the Law on the Constitutional Tribunal. It also recommended to take the Opinion of the Venice Commission fully into account and ensures that the effectiveness of the Constitutional Tribunal as a guarantor of the Constitution was not undermined.

Finally, the Commission underlined that the loyal cooperation which is required amongst the different state institutions in rule of law related matters is essential in order to find a solution in the present situation.

The European Commission invited the Polish Government to solve the problems identified in this Rule of Law Recommendation as a matter of urgency, within 2 months, and to inform the Commission of the steps taken to that effect. If there is no satisfactory follow-up within the set time limit, the Commission had the discretion whether or not to resort to the procedure laid down in Article 7 TEU.

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