The Polish Prime Minister welcomed a ruling that found parts of Warsaw’s constitution incompatible with EU treaties, and the country’s laws take precedence, a move that irritated some bloc member states.
Takes to Facebook on Friday, The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki praised the recent conclusion of the country’s Constitutional Court and claimed that it “Confirmed what is literal” – that “Constitutional law has superiority over other sources of law,” which he said many other EU member states have also realized.
“We have the same rights as other countries. We want these rights to be respected. We are not an uninvited guest in the European Union. And that is why we do not agree to be treated as a second class country ”.
However, he made it clear “Poland’s place is and will be in the European family of nations”.
The PM’s comments came after Thursday’s landmark ruling found that Poland has the right to control not only EU laws, but also judgments handed down by the European Court of Justice.
Judge Bartlomiej Sochanski said: “The EU Treaty is subordinate to the Constitution of the Polish legal system … and, like all parts of the Polish legal system, it must comply with the Constitution.”
The inquiry was requested by Morawiecki to check whether Brussels could prevent Warsaw from reorganizing its judiciary. Critics say, however, that such a measure constitutes an obstacle to the full integration of European law, as well as Poland’s long-term future as a member of the bloc with 27 members.
On Friday, Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn made a strong statement “This government in Poland is playing with fire.”
“The primacy of European law is crucial for the integration of Europe and for living together in Europe. If this principle is broken, Europe as we know it, as it has been built with the Treaties of Rome, will cease to exist. “ he warned.
France’s European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune also referred to the Polish court decision during an interview with BFMTV on Friday, describing it as an attack on the bloc and saying that the move was a “De facto risk of leaving the European Union”.
Brussels and Warsaw have been caught in a battle with conflicting values, ranging from the Central European country’s treatment of its LGBTQ population, women’s access to abortion, to media freedoms and the independence of the judiciary.