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EU's Timmermans says room for dialogue with Poland over rule of law
May 11, 2017 / 2:01 PM / 7 months ago

EU's Timmermans says room for dialogue with Poland over rule of law

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It is not yet time to take further action against Poland in a dispute with the European Commission over the rule of law in the eastern European state, Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said in Stockholm on Thursday.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

“I am not ready to announce any other steps at this stage,” Timmermans told reporters. “We have a number of instruments in our toolbox... I believe there is still room for political dialogue.”

He said he hope to hold a debate on the issue in the General Affairs Council next week.

The EU’s executive arm accuses the nationalist-minded government in Warsaw of undermining democratic checks and balances, especially through its overhaul of Poland’s constitutional court.

Reporting by Simon Johnson; editing by John Stonestreet

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