Rule of law in Poland
Event date: 09/11/2017
Since the Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidential and parliamentary elections in Poland in autumn 2015, the new government has undertaken a series of reforms that critics say restrict democracy.
Freedom and pluralism: President Schulz of Parliament, and Commission vice-president Timmermans have voiced concern for the freedom and pluralism of Poland’s public-service television and radio and for the status of the Constitutional Court. On 13 January the Commission decided to start the first stage of the "Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of Law" in Poland.
Women’s rights in Poland: the current sexual and reproductive health law in Poland is among the most restrictive in the EU but it does reflect a political consensus reached by all the parties years ago. This consensus has recently been put at risk by the pro-life movements calling for a total ban on abortion. Their “Pro- Right to Life” proposal (“citizen initiative”) and the restrictive act on IVF have been passed on for further work in the Polish parliament while a “Save the Women” proposal (a rival bid to liberalise access to legal abortion and introduce a large package of sexual and reproductive health services”) has been rejected despite earlier assurances that citizens’ initiatives will not be rejected without consideration in committees.
Debate on the judicial reform in Poland with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission
MEPs discuss the Commission decision to activate Article 7 (1) TEU as regards the situation in Poland
Vote on the Commission decision to activate Article 7 paragraph 1 TEU as regards the situation in Poland
Parliament look at how the EU dialogue with the Polish government on the respect of rule of law and democracy is progressing and vote on a resolution on Wednesday.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs debate on Rule of Law in Poland with with Frans TIMMERMANS, Vice-President of the EC
Civil Liberties MEPs also debate the ongoing probe, launched by the Commission, into respect for the rule of law in Poland, with Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The LIBE meeting has been postponed on 22 March from 17.30 to 18.30 (instead of 09/03/2017)
Debate on the situation of the rule of law and democracy in Poland: Commission statement
Moves to make Poland’s stringent sexual and reproductive health laws still more restrictive is debated on Wednesday afternoon. MEPs are most concerned about Polish parliament bills on women’s access to legal abortion and on the use of human embryos in In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) procedures.
Parliament debates the state of the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom in Poland with the participation of Beata SZYDLO, Polish Prime Minister