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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

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

  Siegfried Mureşan (PPE). – Mr President, I am from Romania, and in Romania the previous government attempted to weaken the judiciary to affect the rule of law. We saw how people decisively – big numbers – came to the streets to defend the rule of law and they came out with the European flag in their hands, expecting that the European Union and the institutions of the European Union would stand by their side. So what did we do? The President of the country convoked a referendum and the people spoke loud and clear. More than 85% of the people said: we want a strong judiciary, we do not want overnight, un-transparent changes to the judiciary, we do not want mass pardoning and mass amnesty. So this is why, from the European Parliament here in Strasbourg, I say to the people of Poland: we hear you, we stand with you, we defend you. And I say the same to the judges in Poland: it’s our duty; we will fulfil it; we will stand with you to defend European values in every corner of Europe. Any attempt to weaken the judiciary, any attempt to intimidate judges, is unacceptable, and the European Parliament will fight strongly.

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

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