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ROUNDUP 2 / New proceedings against Poland: The dispute over the rule of law escalates

Wednesday, 12/22/2021 3:49 PM from

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BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – In the dispute over the rule of law in Poland, the EU Commission has initiated delicate proceedings against Warsaw. This time it is about two highly controversial judgments of the Polish Constitutional Court, which call into question the primacy of EU law over national law. At the end of the infringement procedure, there could be another lawsuit before the European Court of Justice and heavy fines.

The national conservative government and the EU Commission have been arguing over the country’s judicial reforms for years. The Brussels authority, which monitors compliance with EU law in the EU, has already initiated several proceedings against Warsaw and filed suits with the European Court of Justice. EU Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova expressed the wish on Wednesday that the Polish government should seriously reconsider its approach so that a way can be found in the coming year to be in discussion.

The reactions on Wednesday, however, show little willingness to do so: “The European Commission misunderstands the separation between the competences of the states and the EU structures,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta became clearer and spoke of an “attack on the Polish constitution and our sovereignty”.

Green MEP Daniel Freund complained on Wednesday that the infringement procedure was a weak instrument. “If the EU Commission really wants to put pressure on, there must finally be financial sanctions against the government in Warsaw for blatant violations of the rule of law.” / Wim / DP / nas

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