The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, He assured this Tuesday before the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, which will take measures to protect the fundamental rights of Poles after the Constitutional Court ruling that called into question the primacy of Community law, the latest sign of an undemocratic drift that Brussels observes with “concern” and fears it will “jeopardize” values across the EU.
“We cannot and will not allow our common values to be jeopardized. The Commission will act “, Von der Leyen said in his first speech in a debate on the situation in Poland held in the plenary session of the European Parliament and which Morawiecki also attended.
The head of the Community Executive has once again reviewed the options that her legal team is considering to respond to Poland’s challenge to European Justice, ranging from a new infringement procedure to Article 7 that could lead to the suspension of the voting rights of Warsaw in the 27th decisions, through the new conditionality of community funds that allows freezing resources if they finance projects that threaten the rule of law.
However, Von der Leyen has said that the evaluation of the case is still ongoing and that it is being carried out “wisely”, so there is no decision made yet. German politics have said that they are “deeply concerned” because the Polish Constitutional ruling “calls into question the very foundations of the European Union.”
“It is a direct attack against the unity of the European legal order. Only a common legal order ensures equal rights, legal security and mutual trust between Member States and, therefore, common policies,” the president of the Commission.
Thus, he has insisted that the rule of law is one of the foundations of the EU that not only protects the values and rights of the bloc, but was chosen by all member states, as “sovereign peoples and free nations.”
Von der Leyen has lamented that “for the first time” a national court has ruled that the Common Treaties are incompatible with the national Constitution, while at the same time has warned of the “serious consequences” that this has in the fundamental rights of Polish citizens.
The head of the Community Executive has concluded her initial speech by appealing to “dialogue” with Warsaw –“I have always defended dialogue. It is possible and necessary to find a solution”– and claiming the role of Poland in the European construction. “Poland is and will always be in the heart of Europe. Long live Poland, long live Europe!”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.