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Belgium: EU ready to 'immediately trigger' sanctions on Poland over court reforms02:07

Belgium: EU ready to 'immediately trigger' sanctions on Poland over court reforms

Belgium, Brussels
July 26, 2017 at 12:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commission's First Vice President Frans Timmermans said the bloc was ready to start legal proceedings against Poland over its proposed judiciary reform speaking from Brussels, Wednesday.

Timmermans said he had sent a formal notice to the Polish government, with Warsaw having one month to reply to the letter.

Commenting on the possibility of the Commission triggering Article 7, which allows for the suspension of an EU member state's voting rights, Timmermans stated that any move from the Polish government to force resignation of the country's judges would "immediately trigger the Article 7 procedure."

Asked on what actions the commission will take if Poland fails to change its course in 30 days, Timmermans said "I will patiently await their reply and on the base of that reply we will charter our next steps. I don't want to prejudge on a position we might take because I don't know what the reply will be."

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European Commission's First Vice President Frans Timmermans said the bloc was ready to start legal proceedings against Poland over its proposed judiciary reform speaking from Brussels, Wednesday.

Timmermans said he had sent a formal notice to the Polish government, with Warsaw having one month to reply to the letter.

Commenting on the possibility of the Commission triggering Article 7, which allows for the suspension of an EU member state's voting rights, Timmermans stated that any move from the Polish government to force resignation of the country's judges would "immediately trigger the Article 7 procedure."

Asked on what actions the commission will take if Poland fails to change its course in 30 days, Timmermans said "I will patiently await their reply and on the base of that reply we will charter our next steps. I don't want to prejudge on a position we might take because I don't know what the reply will be."

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