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Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Debate with the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, on the Future of Europe (debate)

  Roberta Metsola (PPE). – Mr President, we cannot have a debate about the future of Europe without reaffirming our founding principles, and we need to reiterate that if the rule of law is under threat anywhere, then it is under threat everywhere.

Either we are a Union where the rule of law reigns or we are no union at all. Because whatever the EU looks like in the future, and whatever the scenario, you cannot be a fit and proper EU member and undermine the judiciary at the same time.

Reform by all means but, Prime Minister, what is happening in Poland is not about reform; it is about control, it is about consolidating power by weakening the institutions designed to keep you in check. That is the way of the past.

To so many in Poland and across Europe, including my own country, Malta, the EU represents the fundamental belief, the unshakable certainty, that however different we are as nations and peoples, however much we argue about policy, we share the same core value system. So the Commission is right – absolutely right to take action. It is doing its job as it must everywhere there is a threat.

The future of Europe and the future of Poland must be one and the same based on the rule of law.

Prime Minister, it is not too late. Come back from the brink. Come back to the heart of Europe, where Poland belongs.


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