Correspondent in Brussels
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has declared itself “deeply concerned” by the ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court that establishes the preponderance of the law and the courts of this country over the treaties and judgments of the European justice. In an attempt to avoid an escalation of too quick reactions, Von der Leyen has stated that he has ordered the Commission’s legal services to analyze the judgment “quickly” before determining what the next steps should be. In any case, in her statement the president reiterates that “the EU is a community of values and laws. This is what unites our Union and makes it strong ”and the reason why in this situation“ we will defend the fundamental principles of the legal order of our Union ”.
Right now ‘our highest priority is to ensure that the rights of Polish citizens are protected and that Polish citizens enjoy the benefits of membership of the European Union, as do all citizens of our Union. Furthermore, EU citizens, as well as companies doing business in Poland, they need legal certainty that EU rules, including judgments of the European Court of Justice, are fully applied in Poland. ‘
In any case, remember that Poland assumed the European legal order at the time of your entry into the EU: «Our treaties are very clear. All judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Communities are binding on the authorities of all Member States, including national courts. EU law takes precedence over national law, including constitutional provisions. This is what all the EU countries have adhered to when they became members of the European Union “and finally he warns that from the Commission” we will use all the powers that we have under the Treaties to guarantee it.
In Warsaw, the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, defended the ruling of the Constitutional Court that upholds the contrary, but insisted that his country has no intention of leaving the EU. “The ruling of the Constitutional Court confirmed what is literally deduced from the content of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, namely, that constitutional law is superior to another source of law” including that of the EU, but this does not change the fact that that the entry of Poland and the Central European countries into the European Union was “one of the most important events of the last decades, both for us and for the EU itself; we all win ”and“ that is why I say clearly: Poland’s place is and will be in the European family of nations ”.
Donald Tusk, the former president of the European Council and current leader of the Polish opposition, has called a demonstration in the center of Warsaw this Sunday, against the government’s position and the Constitutional ruling.