The guests of “Coffee on the bench” talked about Thursday’s judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal on Polish and European law. – You started, a PiS country, polexit. Unfortunately, you can see it with the naked eye – assessed MP Barbara Nowacka (KO). MP Kamil Bortniczuk (PiS club) argued that the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal “only says that on the basis of some very general statement about the rule of law, the European Union cannot usurp the right to competences that the member states have not entrusted to it.”
The full Constitutional Tribunal, chaired by President Julia Przyłębska, dealt on Thursday with the case initiated by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s request from the end of March, concerning the constitutionality of some of the provisions of the Treaty on European Union. In its judgment, the Constitutional Tribunal found that some of the EU regulations asked by the head of government are inconsistent with the constitution.
Nowacka: it has the hallmarks of a national treason
As Barbara Nowacka, a member of the Polish Initiative, from the Civic Coalition said, “you started, a country from PiS, polexit”. – You can see it with the naked eye – she assessed. – It has the hallmarks of a national treason, what you did. Because the majority of Polish society is (…) supporters of Poland remaining in the European Union and respecting European law, she said.
– And for your own interests, rummaging in the judiciary, subordinating the entire state to your ideas on how to break Polish law, you lead to a gigantic crisis, threatening the funds that may come, Polish agriculture, Polish education, Polish culture, Polish infrastructure, threatening freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of trial – she enumerated. – You are acting as if the community we decided to join in the referendum was some kind of box of chocolates from which you can choose whatever you want. Well, no – she added.
She assessed that the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal “is the beginning of the polexit to which (the rulers – editorial note) have been striving and which they want to lead us to”.
Bortniczuk: on an unprecedented scale, EU agendas usurped themselves
MP Kamil Bortniczuk from the Republican Party (PiS club), referring to Nowacka’s words, decided that “the European Union is such a box of chocolates”. – Now we will make sure that someone does not throw us some chocolate substitutes in exchange for these chocolates – he added.
In his opinion, the Court’s ruling “only says that, on the basis of some very general statement of the rule of law, the European Union cannot usurp powers that are not entrusted to it by the member states.”
He argued that “on an unprecedented scale, the agencies of the European Union usurp the right to use competences that we did not delegate to them in the treaty”.
Czarzasty about the possible consequences of the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal, which are “poor”
According to the co-chairman of the New Left, Włodzimierz Czarzasty (Left), “there are two dimensions of this decision” of the Constitutional Tribunal.
“The first is legal,” he pointed out. As he said, “some Polish judges will recognize the CJEU’s decision, some Polish judges will recognize the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal – that is bad.” – Some decisions, which will be decided by judges appointed by the new NCJ, will be respected, and some will not – which is bad – he continued.
He also said that decisions made by Polish judges “may not be respected in the West – it is bad.” He added that the “European Arrest Warrant issued by Polish judges may not be enforceable by other countries – it is bad.”
– Now the political sphere. Brexit also started this way, that is, with ridicule and unclear decisions. Because this decision can be said to be as it is. Some accept it, others do not, some understand it, others do not – said the head of the New Left.
Szrot: some activities of EU bodies interfere with the subject covered by the Polish constitution
The head of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Poland, Paweł Szrot, argued that “some activities of the European Union organs interfere with the subject covered by the Polish constitution”. “Like the judicial system,” he said.
When asked where the Polish constitution contains such a system of justice as currently in force, he assessed that “there are prerogatives there, including those of the president, and I would like to remind you that any violation of these prerogatives by decisions or actions of European Union bodies is contrary to Polish constitution”.
On the other hand, when asked, where there is a provision in the constitution that is inconsistent with the EU Treaty, Szrot replied: – This is what the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal is about, you just need to study it.
Hetman: if the EU institutions defend something, then what is written in the constitution
Krzysztof Hetman (Coalition Polska-PSL), MEP of the Polish People’s Party (Coalition Polska-PSL), assessed that when asked where in the constitution there is a provision contrary to the EU treaty, “no one from PiS will answer”.
– Because reality is simply distorted by what today’s ruling camp says – he commented. He indicated that “no EU institution questions the Constitution of the Republic of Poland”.
– Each state has the right to organize its administration of justice as it wishes, but in accordance with what is also written in the Constitution of the Republic of Poland. Because I would like to remind you that we have a tripartite division of powers written down in the Constitution of the Republic of Poland – he continued. According to him, “if the EU institutions are defending something at the moment, they are defending what is written in the Polish constitution and what you are breaking”.
Dziambor: the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal will not cause a polexit, nor is it even its beginning
MP Artur Dziambor from the Confederation, on the other hand, assessed that the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal “will not cause a polexit, nor is it even its beginning”
– This judgment is also absolutely no regaining of sovereignty or independence, because this was largely handed over when the Treaty of Lisbon was signed – he continued. He added that “there is nothing new in this judgment as regards the superiority of the constitution over EU laws, this was obvious from the very beginning and always”.
According to him, “the only thing that this judgment actually says” is that “there are some EU institutions that go a little beyond the treaty agreements between Poland and the European Union, allow themselves to decide about things that we have not agreed on. so that they could decide and the practice had to be stopped. “
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