The previous article published a few days ago describes the political developments in Poland during the last 12 months. This one is focussing on Poland’s future. However, in light of recent developments, it makes sense to remind ourselves of the contributions to democracy made by some great Europeans in the past. Read more
For the first time in its history, the European Union formally instituted a rule-of-law proceeding against one of its member states on 1 June, 2016. It concerns Poland.
How did this come to pass?
Did you ever watch a debate of the European Parliament? Here is the most important moment of yesterday’s debate about the rule of law in Poland. Watch minute 4:10 to 13.00.
Video with statements of EU Commissioner Oettinger and Timmermans
On January 13, 2016 the European Commission considered the developments in Poland under the Rule of Law Framework. The College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate in order to assess the situation in Poland under this mechanism. It was a great day for the protection of the European Values.
Watch the press conference of Mr. Timmerman here:
Timmerman’s Press Conference about Poland January 13, 2016
See the Press release of the EU Commission.
“All EU Member States have committed themselves to abide by the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, including by respecting the freedom and pluralism of the media. Any restrictions of that freedom risk undermining the independence of media. An independent media is the cornerstone of our European democracies, enabling citizens to form their own opinions and not be steered in one way or another by any stakeholder, including the state. On January 7, 2016 a new law came into force in Poland on public service media which features new measures depriving the independent national authority, the KRRiT, of the power to nominate and dismiss the management and supervisory boards of the public service broadcasters, and transferring this power to the Minister of State Treasury.