The European Commission has been looking into the situation in Poland. It is mainly concerned about developments affecting the country's constitutional tribunal. Three judges who were nominated for the tribunal by the previous Polish parliament are prevented from taking office. Some of the tribunal's decisions have not been published by Poland's official journal, while the new law on the constitutional tribunal adopted in July raises concerns about how the tribunal will be able to function effectively.
Slovakian State Secretary for European Affairs Ivan Korčok, speaking on behalf of the Slovak Council presidency, talked about the importance of fundamental rights: "Both the independence of tribunals and freedom and pluralism of media are indispensable elements in ensuring the rule of law in a democratic society."
Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans discussed the crisis with the Polish Constitutional Tribunal: its composition, the need to ensure all of its decisions are published automatically and the importance of it being to function effectively. "At the moment the dispute remains unresolved," he said, adding that the Commission was ready to continue the dialogue with the Polish authorities.
“Leave Poland alone. The whole debate is a brutal attack on my fatherland," said Polish EFDD member Robert Iwaszkiewicz.. “It is not Poland which is the problem for Europe, rather the disastrous policies of the European elites with Merkel and Hollande."