EU backs away from threatened punishment in fight with Poland

The European Commission has backed off a threat to issue formal objections this week about controversial judicial reforms in Poland, ahead of talks between the two sides in Warsaw.

Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans decided "in light of the process that is ongoing" not to exercise the power he was granted to issue a so-called rule of law opinion if Poland did not deliver progress by the end of Monday, spokesman Margaritis Schinas says.

"This empowerment is no longer valid," he adds.

The commission has now returned to its "normal" proceedings, Schinas says. A rule of law opinion would spell out the EU executive's concerns and mark the next step in a process that could, in theory, ultimately lead to a suspension of Poland's voting rights in the EU.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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