Poland - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (21.12.17)

Q - What is France’s reaction to yesterday’s announcement by the Commission that it would activate Article 7 of the EU treaty against Poland ?

A - The European Commission decided on December that it would go to the Council on the basis of Article 7 of the EU treaty. It asked the Council to note that the judicial reforms being conducted in Poland seriously risk violating the rule of law in that country.

The EU is a community of laws and shared values. All of its members are bound by the rule of law.

The compatibility of judicial reforms in Poland with EU laws and values is a subject of concern. As the President said on December 15, and as Nathalie Loiseau reiterated several times, France supports the Commission’s action and efforts.

Poland is one of France’s partners within the EU. That’s why France – as it has always done, including in our bilateral political dialogue – calls on the Polish authorities to pursue a constructive dialogue with the Commission and all the partners, fully taking into account the recommendations it has received in this regard. The President expressed this during his joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel following the European Council of December 14 and 15