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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Ongoing hearings under article 7(1) of the TEU regarding Poland (debate)

  Sophia in 't Veld (Renew). – Mr President, first of all, I would like to thank the European Commission for its determined intervention, but in the direction of my Polish colleagues from the ECR Group, you justify your purge of the judiciary by referring to Communists. Well, apart from the fact that that’s already 30 years ago and some of the judges are actually rather young, what strikes me about this is that some of the parties in your group, like, for example, the Dutch Forum for Democracy, is using the exact same language in my country to attack to the judiciary there. We’ve never had any Communists in power, so it is a very clear pretext to grab power over the judiciary.

What also strikes me is that you’re going straight against the interest of your people. The Polish people are amongst the most pro-European in the whole European Union, but if you don’t recognise the European Commission, the authority of the European Court of Justice, the decisions of this House, or indeed the EU treaties then we’re talking about a de facto ‘Polexit’. Now, did you tell your voters that before you went to the elections? Or did you lie to them? Please turn around, come back into the fold, respect European values and keep Poland firmly in the heart of the European Union.


(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 171(8))

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