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Parliamentary questions
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15 October 2020
Priority question for written answer P-005639/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Beata Mazurek (ECR)
 Subject: Alleged violation of the rule of law in France and Spain

We are receiving worrying information from Spain, where the government, as it is entitled to do, is changing the rules governing the election of the General Council of the Judiciary, which will continue to be elected by the parliament, although not, as has been the case thus far, by a 3/5 majority but by a majority of 50% +1. And there are worrying reports from France, where French judges, in a letter to the Commission, point to an alleged ‘violation of the rule of law’ and the ‘independence of French courts’ by the authorities and the reforms they are carrying out.

With reference to recent events in which Poland was unjustifiably attacked for violating the principles of the so-called ‘rule of law’, and bearing in mind the equal treatment of EU countries and the good of all citizens, I would like to ask the Commission to answer the following questions:

1. Given the undue attacks against Poland, does the Commission intend to take similar measures against France and Spain?

2. Does the Commission intend to initiate Article 7 proceedings against these countries?

3. In connection with these events in Spain and France, which allegedly undermine fundamental European values, does the Commission plan to make the disbursement of funds conditional on respect for the rule of law in those countries?

Original language of question: PL
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