Sunday 11 December 2016

Poland's PM Beata Szydlo: No risk of EU sanctions over law changes

Published 14/01/2016 | 11:01

Beata Szydlo says she does not believe the EU will impose sanctions on Poland. (AP)
Beata Szydlo says she does not believe the EU will impose sanctions on Poland. (AP)

Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says she does not believe the European Union will impose sanctions on her country over its new laws that have been criticised for breaking the bloc's democracy rules.

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The EU has decided to carry out a preliminary assessment of new Polish laws affecting the country's constitutional court and state media. It is the first step in a procedure that could ultimately lead to suspending Polish voting rights in the 28-nation bloc.

Ms Szydlo said she does not believe the EU could impose sanctions on Poland because the "European Commission cannot punish anyone". But she said the bloc could suggest steps that Poland should take.

Ms Szydlo told TVN24: "I am not saying that we made no mistakes."

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