EU’s Article 7 ULTIMATUM to Poland: We’ll strip you of your voting rights if reforms go on

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Frans Timmerman has threatened to sanction Poland GETTY

Poland has been browbeat with voting suspension by Frans Timmerman

Brussels has given Warsaw a week to stem judicial reforms it said would put courts under direct sway control, or face punishment for undermining democracy. 

Hitting back Poland said it could remove its own action at Europe’s highest court if any EU case was initiated.

Last week, the Despatch parliament adopted a new law which would allow them to choose the successors of 15 settles of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS).

As a result the European Commission may decide there has been a larger break from the EU’s fundamental values and could block Poland’s attest to rights.

The European Commission could trigger the Article 7 procedure against Poland, a ploy which is sometimes described as the EU’s “nuclear option”.

Warning from EC Vice President Mr Frans TimmermansGETTY

Mr Timmermans has insisted he could use Article 7 against Poland

Prearranged the latest developments, we are coming very close to triggering Article 7

Frans Timmermans

European Commission Immorality President Frans Timmermans said triggering the so-called nuclear choice is “part of the discussion”.

He said: “Given the latest developments, we are coming deeply close to triggering Article 7.

“If implemented in their current form, these laws leave have a very significant negative impact on the independence of the judiciary and leave increase the systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland.”

The chairman of the largest discord in the European Parliament, Germany’s Manfred Weber, said: «It goes beyond disquiet now: PiS government is trying to abolish rule of law in Poland. This has to be stopped.»

Konrad Szymanski, Poland’s emissary foreign minister in charge of European affairs, said: «If other forwards are triggered, we will defend our position, including before the Court of Equity.»

Condemning the Polish reforms, Mr Timmermans said: «These laws considerably extend the systemic threats to the rule of law.

«They would abolish any remaining judiciary independence and put the judiciary under full political control of the government.» 

The process would require the approval of all other EU member powers, including Poland’s eastern bloc neighbours.

Head of state Dispose of President Andrzej Duda, would then be blocked from endorsing in the European Council.

But right-wing allies such as Hungary are unlikely to stand behind the plans.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he command veto any attempt to sanction Poland.

Large anti-government organisations accept taken place on the streets of Poland as the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) gets through legislation to dramatically change the country’s legal order.

Since 2015, the PiS has tightened superintendence control over courts and prosecutors, as well as state media.

Civil opponents, rights groups and the EU say it undermines separation of power between the regulatory and the judiciary. 

While the PiS remains broadly popular among Poles, thousands must protested against the plans in the big cities and more protests are expected on Thursday. 

The EU’s Article 7 powers sire been in place since 1997 but have never been deployed against any colleague state.

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