Article 7 resolution: EU Parliament calls on member states and Commission to act on Poland and Hungary. Vera Jourova is the new version of Frans Timmermans (thanks to Andrej Babis).
The EU must set out concrete demands and deadlines for Poland and Hungary over their rule of law and judicial independence situation, lawmakers in the EU Parliament demanded in a Strasbourg debate on Article 7 on Wednesday.
* EU Commissioner Vera Jourova, who believes that “open society values are at the heart of EU action”, continues her unjust political attacks against Poland and Hungary.
In addition, Donald Tusk and the EPP Group supported the Article7 resolution, which is not only about Hungary but also the PiS of Poland, which is the arch enemy of the PO – the party of EPP president Tusk.
But they claim that there is no political agenda. 😉😂
** What was Andrej Babis of Czechia thinking when he supported the nomination of the shallow, EU opportunist Vera Jourova to the EU Commission? Not only did he waste an opportunity to nominate someone else with some depth and appreciation of Central Europe, but Babis, a charlatan himself, knew her background and her agenda, but still supported her nomination to represent Czechia on the Commission.
And yet this week, while the two-faced Babis was parading around with the other leaders of Visegrad to bolster his credentials in Czechia, his ally (Jourova) and his party (Renew Europe) were trying to crucify both Poland and Hungary in Strasbourg during a debate on Article 7.
– According to the resolution, supported by five political groups, including the European People’s Party, home of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, the Parliament “expresses its regret that the hearings have not yet resulted in any significant progress by the two member states in question with regard to redressing clear risks of a serious breach of the values”.
The resolution calls for the Commission to consider “the use of its tools to defend the treaties” as well as for linking EU funding to assessing the rule of law in a given country, which Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said he will “give priority to”.
– Jourova on Poland: “I would like to emphasize that respect for preliminary rulings of the Court of Justice of the EU is of key importance for the universal application of EU law”, Jourova said, adding that the Commission considers that the new disciplinary system does not provide the necessary guarantees to protect judges against the political control of their decisions.
Jourova also voiced concerns that the disciplinary chamber of Poland’s Supreme Court creates a risk of “irreparable damage” for Polish judges.
MEPs of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) argued in Strasbourg that changes in the judiciary in Poland were “expected by citizens” because “no appropriate changes were made after the fall of communism.”
PiS MEP Patryk Jaki asked Commissioner Jourova how judges were elected in her native Czech Republic and added: “Quite recently, an MP straight from the German Bundestag became a judge and you are brazenly telling us that there is politicised justice in Poland and not in Germany?” Jaki asked.
– Jourova on Hungary: Jourova highlighted Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s tight grip on the media, citing a report by several media organisations from December which warned that the Hungarian government has effectively dismantled media pluralism and freedom.
She also recalled that Budapest’s Central European University’s accredited programme was forced to relocate to Vienna last year after Orban’s government targeted the university, founded by US investor George Soros.
*** Some were optimistic (the bar has been set too low in the EU) regarding the new von der Leyen Commission, but the V4 Report never bought into her ‘dog and pony’ show, nor did we ever trust Berlin’s EPP Party.
In the end, not everyone worships or respects so-called “EU values”…and for good reason. We do not think Poland or Hungary will surrender their sovereignty and natural right to determine what is best for its citizens.
What a weak EU chooses to do in response is its choice, but we would advise the EU bloc not to shoot out its own eyes…the future of Europe is pointing towards Visegrad and Central Europe, not Belgium or Western Europe.
And Brexit has changed the dynamics of the game.