January 17, 2018 / 10:05 AM / a year ago

EU is not at war with Poland, says EU's Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech during a debate on the outcome of the Estonian presidency of the E.U. for the last six months at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is not at war with Poland and is not set on sanctioning the country “come what may”, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

The EU executive deployed Article 7 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty for the first time in December, giving Warsaw three months to reverse judicial reforms. If it does not, the executive could call on other member states to prepare sanctions.

“We are in a, well, constructive dialogue with the Polish government. I received the new Polish prime minister in Brussels and both of us made an effort to unite our opinions,” Juncker told the European Parliament.

“We are not at war with Poland. We have a dispute with the Polish government. Article 7 of the treaty is not an article of sanction, but an article of confirmation and warning. So people should stop, also in Poland, making out as if we are to sanction Poland come what may.”

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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