A great day for European Values

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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

 

Statement of European Regulators about the necessity of independant media in Poland

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“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.

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2016 – The final countdown for the European Union

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In 2016, the British people might have their final say on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The Finnish parliament will discuss a potential withdrawal from the Euro zone after 50,000 signatures had been collected in a petition. And the French people will elect a new president in the spring of 2017. Currently, France‘s most powerful political party is the Front National. Its goals are to leave the Euro zone and to re-impose protectionist tariffs as well as border controls.

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