21.10.2021 – 18:35
Bonn / Brussels (ots)
The chairman of the EPP group in the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber (CSU), demands clear consequences in the conflict over Poland’s judicial reform. “In concrete terms, I demand that the pending payment of the Corona development aid be stopped as long as this disciplinary chamber is working in Poland. It must be dissolved. I would first like to see concrete steps before we transfer the funds,” said Weber in the phoenix interview. The disciplinary chamber at Poland’s Supreme Court is at the heart of the Polish judicial reform and can lift the immunity of judges or prosecutors. The European Court of Justice ruled in July that the chamber did not guarantee independence and impartiality.
Weber also criticized the European Council, which had allowed too much time to pass in the debate on the rule of law in Poland: “The Article 7 procedure has been on the table since 2017. This is the sharpest weapon Europe has to enforce the rule of law And to persevere. And since 2017 the heads of state and government have not spoken publicly about the topic in their meetings. ” It is therefore urgently necessary that this be discussed at the current EU summit.
Weber also finds hard words for Russia’s gas policy: “If Russia is not ready to help us with this energy shortage and to provide appropriate gas quantities at reasonable prices, the Nord Stream 2 operating license may have to be seriously discussed again.” The EU must not allow Russia’s head of state Putin to fool it. He would like support from former Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is paid by Gazprom: “He should now put in a good word for the Germans when it comes to energy consumption that more gas flows at a reasonable cost.”
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