In Poland, the controversial ruling by the Constitutional Court on the relationship between Polish and EU law appeared in the public gazette on Tuesday – it is therefore legally binding.
Warsaw – In Poland, the controversial ruling by the Constitutional Court on the relationship between Polish and EU law appeared in the public gazette on Tuesday – making it legally binding. The country’s constitutional court ruled that certain elements of EU law violate the Polish constitution. This gave national law priority over EU law.
The ruling further fueled the conflict between the EU Commission and Warsaw over the reform of the Polish judicial system. Poland’s opposition accuses the national-conservative PiS government of wanting to lead the country out of the EU with its confrontational course. On Sunday, many Poles across the country protested against the decision of the Constitutional Court and for their country to remain in the international community.
The PiS government has been restructuring the judiciary for years. Critics accuse her of putting judges under pressure. Because of the reforms, the EU Commission has already opened several infringement proceedings against Warsaw and filed suits with the European Court of Justice. (dpa)