WARSAW, Poland – Poland's deputy foreign minister and the European Commission's top diplomat in the country have discussed EU concerns over legislation that Poland's new conservative government has adopted on state broadcasters and the constitutional court.
European Commission envoy to Poland Marzenna Guz-Vetter said Friday that the talk was "very good, matter-of-fact," helped clarify many doubts and explained the rationale behind the new legislation.
Poland requested the meeting after some EU leaders expressed concern, saying the legislation threatened democracy and media freedom in a major EU member state.
Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski it was "relatively easy" to explain Poland's position, while stressing that the rule of law and media pluralism are equally as important to Warsaw as to Brussels.
The European Commission will debate Poland's rule of law on Jan. 13.