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Constitutional Tribunal conflict can only be resolved in Poland

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and the Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans agreed that the Constitutional Tribunal dispute could only be resolved in Poland.

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and the Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans agreed that the Constitutional Tribunal dispute could only be resolved in Poland.

The government has proposed a solution, that could be approved by parliament, which fulfils the necessary conditions for the resolution of the Constitutional Tribunal dispute, Szydlo said.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski, who participated in the meeting, the proposed changes – which would “start the healing process regarding the Constitutional Tribunal situation” – could be expected “shortly”.

Timmermans, who arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday, met with Prime Minister Szydlo.

“Obviously we discussed ways to resolve the dispute surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal and the Polish government has now proposed such a solution that could be approved by parliament. It fulfils the conditions needed to resolve the dispute surrounding the Tribunal,” the head of Poland’s government said at a joint briefing with the European Commission’s Vice President, held after their meeting.

She added that the government wants the Tribunal to “function more transparently, for it to reflect what is happening in Poland in a more transparent manner and for its work not to be obstructed in any way”. “We are ready to implement such changes,” Szydlo declared.

“I informed Mr Timmermans about the changes we want to propose,” the Prime Minister said.

Szydlo also said that she agreed with the Vice President of the European Commission that the dispute surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal “is of course an issue that can only be resolved here in Poland, internally”. “The issue, which we discussed, is Poland’s issue however as a member of the European Union we are always ready for dialogue, and to provide information about the steps that we are taking,” the head of the government said.

She stressed that the government has been leading a good, constructive dialogue with the European Commission for some time now. “This dialogue will be continued,” she added.

The Prime Minister said that resolving the dispute surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal is a priority for her in terms of securing the smooth functioning of the state.

“That is why the proposals that we put forward, that have been handed to parliament, lead us in that direction, above all making sure that the Tribunal can function normally, transparently and in the service of the Polish state. This is our joint responsibility, of all institutions involved with this issue, the responsibility of all political forces in Poland,” the head of the government said. She also assured of the will to reach an agreement on the side of the parliament’s majority and the government.

“The changes that we want to implement are meant to heal the situation surrounding the Tribunal, they are meant to fulfil the requirements of a democratic, law-abiding state, but also we want them to fulfil rule of law conditions as much as possible. That is why we want all sides involved in the Tribunal dispute to accept such an agreement and achieve compromise across the board. This in the interest of the Polish state and Polish citizens,” she added.

Asked by PAP about the government’s proposal, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said that an agreement regarding the Constitutional Tribunal requires solutions “that live up to the expectations of all sides involved in the dispute”.

“The direction presented today allows us to assume that we are able to live up to these expectations,” he said.

Szymanski said that the future changes “need to fulfil rule of law criteria, that make up our shared rules – important to Poland and the EU”, as well as demands made by the government regarding the Constitutional Tribunal, which call for the “Tribunal to be more transparent, representative and more accessible”. 

The specifics of the proposed changes, which “will start the process of healing regarding the Tribunal situation” can be expected “shortly”, the Deputy Minister said.

At the briefing that following the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Vice President of the Commission said that Poland is a very important member of the EU and has an important role to play within the Union.

“I think that ending this conflict will help release certain forces within Poland, which could be used to help the EU. I will continue this dialogue and I am sure that this dialogue will very shortly be finalised as the problem will be resolved,” Timmermans said.

He added that the European Commission would support all sides of the conflict in helping reach a solution regarding the Constitutional Tribunal dispute.

Timmermans said that the Prime Minister expressed her interest in continuing dialogue with the European Commission. “From our side, we will do everything in our power to help. I completely agree with the Prime Minister who said that this is an internal Polish problem that can only be resolved in Poland,” the European Commission’s Vice President said.

Timmermans thanked Szydlo for “showing a strong commitment to resolve the conflict regarding the Constitutional Tribunal”.

He said that the EU wants for a solution to be found regarding the Tribunal, as “fully functioning member states” are vital for the EU to function properly.

Timmermans’ visit was related to the rule of law procedure adopted by the European Commission towards Poland – which could have led to a formal opinion being adopted by the Commission.  The European Commission procedure set in motion in January was initiated as a result of the Constitutional Tribunal dispute and the failure to respect its judgments.

Source: PAP

The government has proposed a solution, that could be approved by parliament, which fulfils the necessary conditions for the resolution of the Constitutional Tribunal dispute, Szydlo said.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski, who participated in the meeting, the proposed changes – which would “start the healing process regarding the Constitutional Tribunal situation” – could be expected “shortly”.

Timmermans, who arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday, met with Prime Minister Szydlo.

“Obviously we discussed ways to resolve the dispute surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal and the Polish government has now proposed such a solution that could be approved by parliament. It fulfils the conditions needed to resolve the dispute surrounding the Tribunal,” the head of Poland’s government said at a joint briefing with the European Commission’s Vice President, held after their meeting.

She added that the government wants the Tribunal to “function more transparently, for it to reflect what is happening in Poland in a more transparent manner and for its work not to be obstructed in any way”. “We are ready to implement such changes,” Szydlo declared.

“I informed Mr Timmermans about the changes we want to propose,” the Prime Minister said.

Szydlo also said that she agreed with the Vice President of the European Commission that the dispute surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal “is of course an issue that can only be resolved here in Poland, internally”. “The issue, which we discussed, is Poland’s issue however as a member of the European Union we are always ready for dialogue, and to provide information about the steps that we are taking,” the head of the government said.

She stressed that the government has been leading a good, constructive dialogue with the European Commission for some time now. “This dialogue will be continued,” she added.

The Prime Minister said that resolving the dispute surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal is a priority for her in terms of securing the smooth functioning of the state.

“That is why the proposals that we put forward, that have been handed to parliament, lead us in that direction, above all making sure that the Tribunal can function normally, transparently and in the service of the Polish state. This is our joint responsibility, of all institutions involved with this issue, the responsibility of all political forces in Poland,” the head of the government said. She also assured of the will to reach an agreement on the side of the parliament’s majority and the government.

“The changes that we want to implement are meant to heal the situation surrounding the Tribunal, they are meant to fulfil the requirements of a democratic, law-abiding state, but also we want them to fulfil rule of law conditions as much as possible. That is why we want all sides involved in the Tribunal dispute to accept such an agreement and achieve compromise across the board. This in the interest of the Polish state and Polish citizens,” she added.

Asked by PAP about the government’s proposal, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said that an agreement regarding the Constitutional Tribunal requires solutions “that live up to the expectations of all sides involved in the dispute”.

“The direction presented today allows us to assume that we are able to live up to these expectations,” he said.

Szymanski said that the future changes “need to fulfil rule of law criteria, that make up our shared rules – important to Poland and the EU”, as well as demands made by the government regarding the Constitutional Tribunal, which call for the “Tribunal to be more transparent, representative and more accessible”. 

The specifics of the proposed changes, which “will start the process of healing regarding the Tribunal situation” can be expected “shortly”, the Deputy Minister said.

At the briefing that following the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Vice President of the Commission said that Poland is a very important member of the EU and has an important role to play within the Union.

“I think that ending this conflict will help release certain forces within Poland, which could be used to help the EU. I will continue this dialogue and I am sure that this dialogue will very shortly be finalised as the problem will be resolved,” Timmermans said.

He added that the European Commission would support all sides of the conflict in helping reach a solution regarding the Constitutional Tribunal dispute.

Timmermans said that the Prime Minister expressed her interest in continuing dialogue with the European Commission. “From our side, we will do everything in our power to help. I completely agree with the Prime Minister who said that this is an internal Polish problem that can only be resolved in Poland,” the European Commission’s Vice President said.

Timmermans thanked Szydlo for “showing a strong commitment to resolve the conflict regarding the Constitutional Tribunal”.

He said that the EU wants for a solution to be found regarding the Tribunal, as “fully functioning member states” are vital for the EU to function properly.

Timmermans’ visit was related to the rule of law procedure adopted by the European Commission towards Poland – which could have led to a formal opinion being adopted by the Commission.  The European Commission procedure set in motion in January was initiated as a result of the Constitutional Tribunal dispute and the failure to respect its judgments.

Source: PAP

25.05.2016