Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has defended a ruling by the Polish Constitutional Court in the European Parliament that calls into question the primacy of EU law.
Strasbourg – “The EU’s competencies have their limits, we can no longer remain silent when they are exceeded,” said Morawiecki on Tuesday in Strasbourg. The EU member states must have instruments to react to this development, said Morawiecki. He quoted from judgments of the Supreme Court in the Netherlands, the French Constitutional Council and the Federal Constitutional Court to support his position.
The background to the debate in the European Parliament is a ruling by the Polish Constitutional Court at the beginning of October, according to which parts of EU law are incompatible with Poland’s constitution. The EU Commission regards this decision as highly problematic because it could give the Polish government an excuse to ignore the unpleasant judgments of the ECJ.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen threatened Poland in the debate because of the questioning of EU law with new procedures that could also lead to the reduction of EU funds or the withdrawal of voting rights in EU decisions. Morawiecki said: “I reject the language of threats and coercion.” He will not allow blackmail to be used as a political tool against EU member states. This is not a democratic approach. “If you want to turn the EU into a superstate without nationalities, first ask all societies whether they agree,” said Poland’s head of government. (dpa)
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