MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION Motion for a resolution on the rule of law in Belgium – B9-0217/2022

avril 22, 2022
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B9‑0217/2022

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the rule of law in Belgium

The European Parliament,

 having regard to Article 19 of the Treaty on European Union,

 having regard to its previous resolutions on the rule of law,

 having regard to the report on the joint mission of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs to Poland on 30 March 2022,

 having regard to Rule 143 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas Poland is criticised for its increasingly politicised Supreme Court;

B. whereas Belgium has called for Poland’s EU funds to be restricted because of rule of law concerns;

C. whereas the Justices of the Belgian Constitutional Court are appointed by the King, after nomination by a political majority in the Federal Parliament, alternating between the Chamber of Representatives and Senate;

D. whereas half of the 12 judges are former politicians;

E. whereas, moreover, politicians who are candidates for Constitutional Court Justice do not need to prove their legal credentials, let alone to have obtained a law degree;

1. Underlines that the Belgian Constitutional Court is completely politicised;

2. Deplores the lack of separation of powers in the highest court in Belgium;

3. Stresses the need for equal treatment of the Member States under EU law;

4. Calls on the Commission to investigate these matters and restore the respect for the rule of law through the appropriate application of the rule of law conditionality mechanism;

5. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.

 

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