The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has harshly criticized the decision of the Polish constitutional court that directly challenges the supremacy of EU laws. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday defended his country’s position that Poland’s highest law is the country’s constitution and not the law of the European Union. For her part, Ms. der Leyen said that the decision threatens the foundations of the bloc and there will be reactions.
In a speech to European Union lawmakers in Strasbourg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Poland’s decision was “a direct challenge to EU unity” and undermined the protection of the independence of the judiciary.
“The rule of law is what keeps our bloc united. It is the foundation of our unity. It is essential in protecting the values on which this block was founded. Democracy, freedom and equality. “
The President said that the Commission will challenge the decision of the Polish Constitutional Court through various mechanisms.
During the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended his country’s position that the highest law of Poland is the constitution of the country and not the law of the European Union. He insisted that Poland respects the EU treaties while dismissing criticism that the court ruling is leading the country towards a possible “Polex”, or in other words exit from the bloc of 27 member states.
“Polish support for the EU is at 85%. “Poland is and will remain a member of the bloc,” said Prime Minister Morawiecki.
Last month, the European Commission asked the European Court of Justice to impose daily fines on Poland until that country improves the functioning of the Supreme Court and suspends new laws deemed to undermine judicial independence.
Depending on how the Polish government will use the final decision, the bloc has various financial mechanisms at its disposal to force Warsaw to comply with EU law.
Leader von der Leyen said that “Article 7” could be used, which is the bloc’s strongest political sanction, suspending Poland’s voting rights.
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