20.01.16

Polish Prime Minister says new laws are in line with EU standards

Still, Beata Szydlo vows to cooperate in the EU Commission’s increased scrutiny of Poland’s rule of law

Szydlo defends her policy in European Parliament

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo in a speech in the European Parliament on Tuesday said her government was willing to cooperate in the EU Commission’s increased scrutiny of Poland’s rule of law. Szydlo reckoned, though, that the recent changes by her government to the constitutional court and public broadcasters in Poland were in line with EU standards. The EU Commission last week opened an unprecedented inquiry into whether new Polish laws are violating fundamental values of the bloc. The Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced a “preliminary assessment” under the EU's “rule of law mechanism”. See also our cepBlog on the matter.