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Parliamentary questions
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8 July 2019
Question for written answer P-002171-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D)

 Subject:  Freedom of conscience of traders in Poland and protection of minority rights

In response to a request from Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro, following a court case about a printer's refusal to provide services for an LGBTI organisation in Poland, the Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that traders have the right to invoke freedom of conscience in connection with supplying goods and services to third parties. That ruling entitles traders to deny access to their premises to LGBT people, but also to people with disabilities or even breastfeeding mothers.

1. Is the Commission aware of that Constitutional Court ruling and the position of the Polish Government regarding traders’ freedom of conscience?

2. Is that Constitutional Court ruling contrary to the European anti-discrimination directive?

3. What action does the Commission propose to take to protect the rights and freedoms of LGBTI people and people with disabilities, and is it planning to hold consultations with the Polish Government in that connection?

Original language of question: NL 
Last updated: 17 July 2019Legal notice