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Pittella: Poland must respect EU values and principles. No exceptions allowed


13 Apr 2016


Central Europe
Justice & Home Affairs

Following the adoption by an overwhelming majority in the European Parliament of the resolution on the changes to the Constitutional Court and the rising state control over the media in Poland, S&D Group president, Gianni Pittella, said:
"The European Parliament has approved the resolution on Poland by an overwhelming majority. This clearly shows that the deep concerns around the recent controversial laws adopted by the Polish government are widely shared and that there is a strong political will by the European Parliament to see Poland complying with European values and principles.
"We sincerely want to keep a constructive dialogue with Warsaw. However, we cannot close our eyes and cover our ears in front of a series of other worrying retrogressive measures, such as the possible criminalisation of abortion, media law, or the amended act on police and secret services, against which the Socialists and Democrats will continue to fight.
"The position of the European Parliament is indeed clear. The Venice Commission has already spoken out loud over the unconstitutional nature of the laws over media and Constitutional Court. Now it is high time for the Polish government to comply with these recommendations. Poland was not obliged to become an EU member state but once a country becomes a member, they must strictly adhere to EU principles and values; no exceptions allowed."