Brussels is at odds with Warsaw and Budapest on issues such as judicial independence and press freedoms, a conflict that has deepened this week as the Polish Constitutional Court ruled the country should not stand down. comply with the demands of the EU’s highest court, while the European Commission has taken legal action against the two countries for LGBT rights.
A day earlier, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that a previous request to suspend the chamber was contrary to the Polish constitution and that the country should not comply.
On Friday, the first president of the Supreme Court of Poland, Malgorzata Manowska, issued a statement in which she said she was “deeply convinced” that the disciplinary chamber is independent.
Sharing a video from a European Commission spokesperson reiterating that EU law takes precedence over decisions of member state courts, activists at Nexit Denktank wrote: “The EU believes that the EU law takes precedence over national law because a judge in 1964 ruled that EU law takes precedence over national law.
“I will give the answer: no one.
“And this video also shows what these accusations of ‘bad rule of law’ are (in part) based on.
“If you are not obedient to the unelected and undemocratic EU, then you have a ‘bad rule of law’, while Poland is just listening to its own people. “
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“We will not leave the EU tomorrow, and the EU will not collapse the day after tomorrow. These are processes that can take years, ”he said.
The ECJ had previously asked Warsaw to immediately stop all proceedings before the disciplinary chamber, but Poland’s highest court said on Wednesday that the request went against its constitution and the country should not comply.
“It is an obvious conclusion for any Polish citizen that the constitution is the highest legal act,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Thursday. He and Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said they viewed the EU’s position as politically motivated.
The Polish decision challenged the primacy of European laws over national laws, a key principle of European integration. This drew warnings that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party was moving away from the EU, resulting in the social and economic development of the ex-communist country.
“It’s not Poland but Kaczynski and his party leaving the EU,” Tusk added.