State Dept. Spokesperson’s Statement on Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal Legislation

Elizabeth Trudeau
Director, Press Office
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
July 22, 2016

“…First, today, Poland’s parliament approved new legislation regarding the constitutional tribunal. While the new law has addressed some Venice Commission recommendations regarding legislation passed last year that was later ruled unconstitutional, it impedes a compromise resolution to the seating of six judicial nominees.

At the NATO Summit, President Obama expressed concern over rule of law to President Duda and urged all parties to work together to sustain Poland’s democratic institutions. The United States encourages Poland’s authorities to promptly redress unresolved issues so Poland’s democratic institutions and the system of checks and balances are fully functioning and respected.”

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