*. October 14. Today Nation News. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused the institutions of the European Union of violating the rights of member states. Next week Morawiecki will present Warsaw’s position on the rule of law to the European Parliament. Informs about it Today Nation News with reference to TN News.
Since coming to power in 2015, Poland’s nationalist government has been at odds with the European Commission in Brussels over judicial reforms, media freedom and LGBT rights, but a recent court ruling that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution has exacerbated the situation.
“We are at a decisive moment, one might say, at a crossroads in the history of the EU,” Morawiecki told the Polish parliament. “Democracy is being tested – how far European countries will retreat in this usurpation by some EU institutions.”
The ruling of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, an institution that government critics say has become politicized as part of reforms that they say undermine the independence of the judiciary, challenges key principles of European integration.
Poland claims that the EU has exceeded its mandate in trying to thwart the government‘s judicial reforms, and the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal affirms the supremacy of the Polish constitution in a manner no different from rulings issued by the courts of other European countries.
Asked about Morawiecki’s comments, Commission spokesman Christian Wiegand said that the EU’s executive branch is “tasked with ensuring the proper functioning of the Union’s rule of law … and it will be guaranteed that the rights of Europeans under the treaties will continue to be protected.”
Wiegand said an in-depth analysis of the Polish court’s decision is under way, adding that the initial assessment pointed to “very serious problems of the EU’s rule of law.”
The court’s ruling could jeopardize about 23 billion euros in EU grants and 34 billion cheap loans, which Poland could otherwise count on as part of the EU’s recovery fund after the COVID-19 pandemic.
It also sparked talk of Polex, although Warsaw says it is not going to follow the UK out of the EU.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller said Morawiecki will attend a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg next Tuesday to present Poland’s position on the rule of law dispute.