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France and Germany say Poland must abide by EU rules


PARIS, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Poland has a authorized and ethical obligation as a member of the European Union to abide by the bloc’s rules utterly and unconditionally, the overseas ministers of France and Germany mentioned in a joint assertion issued on Friday.

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal on Thursday dominated that elements of EU legislation are incompatible with the Polish structure, undermining the authorized pillar on which the 27-nation EU stands, and prompting expressions of dismay from politicians throughout Europe.

The joint assertion, issued by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his German counterpart Heiko Maas, mentioned the ministers had taken be aware of the Polish tribunal’s resolution.

“We remind you that membership of the European Union goes hand in hand with a complete and unconditional adherence to common values and rules,” the assertion mentioned.

“It is incumbent on each member, and therefore of course on Poland, which occupies a vital place within the European Union, to respect these rules and values.”

“This is not simply a moral commitment. It is also a legal commitment,” the assertion mentioned.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Sandra Maler

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