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End to Poland-EU Constitutional Row Requires Comprehensive Approach

© REUTERS / Kacper PempelPeople hold EU and Polish flags as they gather during a pro-democracy demonstration at the Old Town in Warsaw, Poland January 9, 2016
People hold EU and Polish flags as they gather during a pro-democracy demonstration at the Old Town in Warsaw, Poland January 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Polish Deputy Foreign Minister believes that the EU-Polish constitutional can be put an end on, which would be benificial for all sides.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said on Wednesday that an end to the constitutional row between Warsaw and Brussels was possible with a comprehensive solution, which would meet the expectations of all sides.

The European Union is concerned about reforms introduced by Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, which include extending control over state media, limiting the judicial freedom of the Constitutional Tribunal and banning abortions. In January, the European Commission opened an inquiry into the changes, and regularly assessed progress in its dialogue with Poland on the issue.

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The solution "will not consist of Warsaw's concessions to Brussels," but must satisfy all of the sides to the dispute, Szymanski told the TVN24 broadcaster. "None… of the aspects to this solution should be considered separately, all the issues should be considered comprehensively," he added.

The Polish diplomat spoke in the wake of talks between European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, after which the EU official gave Poland more time to resolve the issue.

Szymanski said that there was a possibility of accepting the judges being appointed by the government but "it depends on other aspects of the accord."

He stressed that a "complete" solution to the issue was yet to be found, however, Brussels and Warsaw had already discussed various possible scenarios to resolve the dispute.

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