Pittella: Polish government is turning back the clock on Poland

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Following today's orientation debate of the college of EU Commissioners on the latest developments in Poland regarding the rule of law, the president of the S&D Group, Gianni Pittella, stated:
"Rule of law is a fundamental pillar of the EU. Poland, as a member of the European family, must respect it. We praise the European Commission for having swiftly and legitimately addressed the worrisome laws recently passed by the Polish government, which risk undermining the very foundation of this principle. We are on the side of the thousands of Polish people who took to the streets to voice their concerns and criticisms about the risks Poland faces should its government turn back the clock on the progress the country has made.
"For Socialists and Democrats, the respect of rule of law knows no political colour. We have consistently and repeatedly denounced any attempt to infringe upon EU fundamental values and principles, be it in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia or any other member of the European Union."