EU closes Article 7 rule-of-law proceedings against Poland after seven years

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ER Editor: So the EU is letting Poland off the hook over the application of Article 7, which got ‘triggered’ when the ‘far right’ Law and Justice party in Poland was daring to appoint its own judiciary that ran afoul of the globalist EU. Hungary was also put under the same yoke but it has not been relinquished. Double standards.

Article 7 is essentially a suspension clause where a nation-state member’s rights (such as voting rights) can be suspended for ‘breaching the principles on which the EU is founded’. Article 7 is considered the ‘nuclear option’. We don’t believe Article 7 was applied as such, but was the threat hanging over the head of Poland and Hungary. Hence it was ‘triggered’. All other member states would have had to agree with the application of Article 7, however, for it to come into effect.

A reminder that an election placed former Polish PM and former EU commissioner, globalist Donald Tusk (see photo below), at the helm instead of the hated ‘far right’ PiS party.

Notes from Poland is pretty deep state/MSM but we do sense heavy irony in its choice of featured photo.

More than ever we sense games are being played to bring the EU into even MORE disrepute and ridicule than it already is. Waking up more normies.

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It noted that the new Polish government, which replaced PiS in December, has “launched a series of measures to address the concerns on independence of the justice system, has recognised the primacy of EU law and is committed to implementing all [European court] judgments related to rule of law”. (ER: Really? Which ones?)

Described as the “nuclear option”, Article 7 could in theory have resulted in the suspension of Poland’s EU membership rights. However, any such move would have required unanimity among other member states.

Hungary, led by PiS-ally Viktor Orbán, was in particular never willing to support punishing Poland over the rule of law. In 2018, the European Commission also launched Article 7 proceedings against Budapest.

Last week, Hungary was the only EU member state to express opposition to the European Commission’s proposal to end proceedings against Poland.

It argued that the new Polish government has not yet implemented the “milestones” that Brussels imposed on the former PiS administration to restore the rule of law. The decision to withdraw from Article 7 therefore proves that it was always just a “tool of political blackmail”, says Hungary.

In a statement today, Poland’s justice minister acknowledged that it has “not yet implemented all of the solutions” in the action plan to restore the rule of law that it presented to the EU in February. However, it noted that it would continue to proceed with them.

Eric Mamer, the spokesman for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, also reiterated today that Brussels would “continue to monitor and support” Poland’s implementation of the action plan.

While the Polish government has a majority in both chambers of parliament, legislation that it passes can be vetoed by President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally who was closely involved in the judicial reforms that led the European Commission to launch proceedings against Poland.

Source

Featured image, Viktor Orban: Yves Herman/Reuters

Featured image, Tusk and von der Leyen: AFP

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