Polish Court: Poland’s national law over European law | Inland

Some provisions in European treaties are contrary to the Polish constitution, according to the judges of the Constitutional Court (Constitutional Tribunal). The verdict could further fuel the dispute between Warsaw and Brussels over the reform of the Polish legal system.

The process stems from that conflict. According to the European Commission, the independent judiciary is undermined, while Warsaw claims that Brussels is wrongly meddling in the internal affairs of a member state. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki then asked the tribunal to rule on whether European law takes precedence over Polish law.

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The judges of the tribunal now say parts of EU law are incompatible with the country’s constitution. The European Court of Justice’s attempt “to interfere with the Polish legal system” violates the constitution. It also goes against the rule that sovereignty is preserved in the process of European integration, the judges ruled.

Observers say that Poland should now take into account that the European money tap to Warsaw could be turned off. The ruling would also cast doubt on Poland’s membership of the European Union.


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