College Orientation Debate on recent developments in Poland and the Rule of Law Framework: Questions & Answers

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European Commission – Fact Sheet

Brussels, 13 January 2016t

Why is the Commission holding a debate on the situation in Poland and the Rule of Law Framework?

The rule of law is one of the fundamental values upon which the European Union is founded. The Commission, beyond its task to ensure the respect of EU law, is also responsible, together with the European Parliament, the Member States and the Council, for guaranteeing the fundamental values of the Union. Recent events in Poland, in particular the political and legal dispute concerning the composition of the Constitutional Tribunal, have given rise to concerns regarding the respect of the rule of law. The Commission has therefore requested information on the situation concerning the Constitutional Tribunal and on the changes in the law on the Public Service Broadcasters. Today the College held a first debate on these recent developments in Poland, following a presentation of the matter by First Vice-President Timmermans (responsible for the rule of law framework), as well as Commissioner Oettinger (responsible for media policy) and Commissioner Jourova (responsible for justice).

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