Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday in social media that “no one will teach us what democracy and the rule of law is, because Poland has a very long and noble history of fighting all kinds of totalitarianisms and despots.”
In the post on Facebook, the head of government also quoted one of his statements: “We fought for the rule of law and democracy during the terrible years of communism, but we have a much longer tradition of democratism and we do not want to be instructed by anyone from Western Europe about what democracy is, what the rule of law is, because we know it best “.
EU funds for Poland suspended
EU economic commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday that The doubts raised by Poland regarding the primacy of European Union law over national law hold back the transfer of EUR 57 billion from the Reconstruction Fund.
The press service of the European Commission said on Thursday that “the Commission is continuing to assess Poland’s National Reconstruction Plan on the basis of the criteria set out in the Reconstruction and Resilience Instrument Regulation.” “Our cooperation with the Polish authorities continues. In this regard, we are looking at the requirements of the regulation on country-specific recommendations,” the European Commission said.
In the context of Wednesday’s speech by Paolo Gentiloni, the European Commission explained that the words of the Commissioner “reflect the Commission’s position regarding the primacy of EU law over national law, which is well known and applicable in all areas.”
Brussels has already given the green light to 18 national plans, but is holding back on approving the plans of, among others, Poland and Hungary. The reason is – as Reuters wrote – concerns about the independence of the judiciary and freedom of the media.
As recalled, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also requested the Constitutional Tribunal to review the compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland of three provisions of the Treaty on European Union. The charges are limited, inter alia, to the question of the constitutionality of the principle of primacy of European Union law.
On Tuesday The Constitutional Tribunal ordered a break until September 22 in the case initiated by the Prime Minister’s motion. The reason was the motion of the Human Rights Defender to exclude judge Stanisław Piotrowicz.
PAP, TVN24 Biznes, Reuters
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