Poland falsely accused of violating rule of law: PM

WARSAW, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Poland was falsely accused by the European Commission of violating the rule of law, the country's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday.

"I believe as deeply as I can that we have been elevating the judicial system to a higher level of independence, objectivity and justice," Polish Press Agency quoted Morawiecki as saying in the southern city of Katowice.

"I hope there will be fewer disgraceful verdicts," Morawiecki said during a meeting with local residents.

The European Commission Monday took a new round of legal actions against Poland over its judicial reform.

On Dec. 20 last year, the European Commission took an unprecedented step by triggering Article 7, the first time in its history, and launched an unprecedented censure against Poland over a judicial reform dispute.

The European Commission doubted Poland's laws reforming the Supreme Court and the National Judicial Council might be undermining the EU's rule-of-law principles.

Referring to migrants, Morawiecki said his government wanted the Polish state "to decide who it wants to admit".

He also recalled that two weeks ago the European Council agreed that there would be no obligatory migrant quotas and stressed this was the result of Poland's effective endeavors.

"We succeeded against the strong coalition of West European countries," Morawiecki said.

In September 2015, the European Council decided to relocate 120,000 refugees. But the Czech Republic and Hungary opposed the quota-based relocation. Poland and Hungary refused to let in refugees under this regulation.

[ Editor: WPY ]


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