VIENNA (Sputnik) — The Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum has called on the Polish government, President Andrzej Duda and the ruling Law and Justice party to discard the recent changes to the country's legislature and adhere to the standards of the rule of law and the democratic principle of separation of powers in future, according to a statement by the Forum.
"We urge the Polish authorities to take measures to improve the situation and propose further changes to the legislation in accordance with international standards of the rule of law," the statement, obtained by RIA Novosti on Wednesday, reads.
The Forum believes the Law and Justice party is using its mandate to "tighten government control over the third judicial branch of power and the fourth [branch], mass media."
The European Commission held an orientation debate on Poland earlier on Wednesday, while the European Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary session on the country's controversial reforms on January 19.
The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was established in 2011 as a platform for non-governmental organizations, with 154 members from Russia and the European Union.