EU's Timmermans sees room for solution in Poland's constitutional crisis

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 9:14 AM

WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Commission may not have to take any further steps in a rule of law procedure against Warsaw, as it seems that Poland's constitutional crisis could be solved through dialogue, the Commission's first vice president said on Tuesday.

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party enacted a top court reform which critics say paralyses the body. This prompted the Commission to launch the rule of law procedure, which could result in Warsaw losing its vote at the Commission.

"I don't want to prejudge, or pre-empt on any next steps," Frans Timmermans said at a news conference after he met top Polish officials in Warsaw for talks over the crisis.

"Why? Because I did get the feeling today that there is room for dialogue and room for finding a solution (to the crisis) without the European Commission having to take any next steps."

(Reporting by Wiktor Szary; Editing by Adrian Krajewski)