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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The ongoing threat for the Rule of law in Poland (debate)

  Siegfried Mureşan (PPE). – Madam President, the current Polish Government and the so-called Law and Justice Party proclaims the rule of law, but in fact it acts against the rule of law every day. We should look at the actions of this Government, not at the statements of this Government.

What the Polish Government sells to its people as judiciary reform is in fact erosion of democracy. They call it decommunisation, but we know it is censure. They say it is modernising the system, but we all recognise it is authoritarianism. More than this, we know that Poland is more than its current government. Governments come and go. We know that Poland is the honest judge who protects the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, despite intimidation and repression. Poland is the courageous citizen who protects against the Government’s attacks on the rule of law and Poland is the honest and objective journalist who defies the Government’s propaganda by promoting the freedom of speech. We stand with the people of Poland, and to the Polish Government I say: listen to the people of your country.

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

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