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Rule of law - Poland

News Alert - 05-10-2016
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Since the Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidential and parliamentary elections in Poland in autumn 2015, the new government has undertaken a series of reforms that critics say restrict democracy.

Freedom and pluralism: President Schulz of Parliament, and Commission vice-president Timmermans have voiced concern for the freedom and pluralism of Poland’s public-service television and radio and for the status of the Constitutional Court. On 13 January the Commission decided to start the first stage of the "Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of Law" in Poland.

Women’s rights in Poland: the current sexual and reproductive health law in Poland is among the most restrictive in the EU but it does reflect a political consensus reached by all the parties years ago. This consensus has recently been put at risk by the pro-life movements calling for a total ban on abortion. Their “Pro- Right to Life” proposal (“citizen initiative”) and the restrictive act on IVF have been passed on for further work in the Polish parliament while a “Save the Women” proposal (a rival bid to liberalise access to legal abortion and introduce a large package of sexual and reproductive health services”) has been rejected despite earlier assurances that citizens’ initiatives will not be rejected without consideration in committees.
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  1. Debate on women’s rights in Poland including laws on abortion and IVF    05/10/2016

Moves to make Poland’s stringent sexual and reproductive health laws still more restrictive is debated on Wednesday afternoon. MEPs are most concerned about Polish parliament bills on women’s access to legal abortion and on the use of human embryos in In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) procedures.

  1. Debate on recent developments in Poland and their impact on fundamental rights    13/09/2016

MEPs are set to assess recent developments in Poland and their impact on fundamental rights in a debate on Tuesday afternoon and a non-binding resolution to be voted on Wednesday. The debate follows Council and Commission statements.

  1. Vote on resolution on the situation in Poland    13/04/2016

MEPs vote on a non-binding resolution on the situation in Poland wrapping up the plenary debate of 19 January with Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

  1. Plenary session Debate - Situation in Poland    19/01/2016

Parliament will debate the state of the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom in Poland on Tuesday afternoon.

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