The European Parliament approved the introduction of tough sanctions against Poland. This is reported by Deutche Welle.
On Thursday, March 1, the European MEPs adopted the corresponding resolution 422 votes in favor, while 147 MEPs voted against. The purpose of the sanctions is the refusal of the Polish government of national conservatives from the party "Right and Justice" from the scandalous reform of justice.
The governments of the member states of the European Union, therefore, are required to act in accordance with Article 7 of the Maastricht Agreement, which allows suspending the individual rights of the violating country. It could be a matter of sanction up to the deprivation of Warsaw's vote in the Council of the European Union. Now, in order to impose harsh punishments against Poland, four-fifths of the votes in the EU Council are necessary - that is, 22 EU member states must agree to this. The first such voting is expected in April.
However, the European Commission will try to convince Warsaw to reconsider its reforms, which undermine the principle of separation of branches of power. In particular, recent changes in the judiciary have partly made the courts dependent on the ruling party of the Ministry of Justice. So far, Poland has rejected criticism and announced Brussels' interference in the internal affairs of the country.
We recall, January 29, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs approved the launch of the procedure for imposing sanctions against Poland through judicial reform in this country.
On December 20, 2017, the European Commission launched a procedure against Poland in the form of a judicial reform. The Commission gave the Polish authorities three months to take steps in the field of legal proceedings, which can rectify the situation. If Poland does not do this, it could lead to the imposition of sanctions, in particular, to a loss of voice in the EU.
The chairman of the ruling party of Poland, "Law and Justice" Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said that Poland will not make any concessions in the dispute with the European Union over the judicial reform in the country.