EU lawmakers support Article 7 action against Poland

DW – March 1, 2018

The European Parliament has backed a resolution supporting a recommendation from the European Commission to invoke Article 7 against Poland. The lawmakers voted in favor of taking action against Poland for undermining the EU rule of law with reforms to the Polish judiciary.

Following two years of talks with Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) that have achieved no results, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, last December recommended Article 7 be triggered against the Polish government, a move that could result in the suspension of its voting rights in the EU, unless it concedes ground by March 20.

The European Parliament on Thursday voted 422 in favor to 147 against, with 48 abstentions, on a nonbinding resolution to support the Commission’s action against the EU’s largest former communist state.