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Motion for a resolution | Doc. 13978 | 04 February 2016

The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland

Signatories: Mr Stefan SCHENNACH, Austria, SOC ; Ms Doris BARNETT, Germany, SOC ; Ms Sílvia Eloïsa BONET, Andorra, SOC ; Ms Lise CHRISTOFFERSEN, Norway, SOC ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Yves CRUCHTEN, Luxembourg, SOC ; Ms Adele GAMBARO, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Gerardo GIOVAGNOLI, San Marino, SOC ; Mr Jonas GUNNARSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Matjaž HANŽEK, Slovenia, UEL ; Ms Ioanneta KAVVADIA, Greece, UEL ; Mr Tiny KOX, Netherlands, UEL ; Mr Pierre-Yves LE BORGN', France, SOC ; Ms Valentina LESKAJ, Albania, SOC ; Mr George LOUKAIDES, Cyprus, UEL ; Ms Meritxell MATEU, Andorra, ALDE ; Ms Liliane MAURY PASQUIER, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Judith PALLARÉS, Andorra, ALDE ; Ms Mailis REPS, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Ms Nataša VUČKOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Mr Jordi XUCLÀ, Spain, ALDE

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only those who have signed it.

The recent reforms and changes, in particular with regard to the functioning of the Constitutional Court, the new broadcasting law or the new police law have given rise to concerns about the continued commitment of Poland to the main principles of the Council of Europe, in particular with regard to the rule of law.

Given the fundamental questions involved, and concerns raised by these recent developments, especially with regard to the respect for the rule of law, it is important that the functioning of democratic institutions is closely followed to ensure that they are fully in line with the obligations of Poland as a Council of Europe member State. The Parliamentary Assembly therefore resolves to examine the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland.