Following the oral ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen issued the following statement today:
“Yesterday’s ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court is very worrying. I have instructed the services of the Commission to fully and expeditiously analyze the decision. Based on this, we will decide on the next steps. The EU is a community of values and laws. This unites and strengthens the union. We will uphold the principles of the Union Law and Order on which 450 million European citizens reside.
Our top priority is to ensure that the rights of Polish citizens are protected and that Polish citizens, like all citizens of the Union, can enjoy the benefits of EU membership.
In addition, EU citizens and businesses doing business in Poland need legal confirmation that EU rules, including those of the European Court of Justice, must be fully implemented in Poland.
Our agreements are absolutely clear. All judgments of the European Court of Human Rights govern all the powers of the Member States, including the National Courts. EU law takes precedence over national law, including constitutional provisions. Upon joining the EU, all EU member states accepted it. To ensure this, we will use all the powers available to us under the agreements. “
In the context of this case, the Polish Constitutional Court yesterday ruled that certain provisions of the EU treaty were unconstitutional. Following the conclusion of the panel, according to Poland, the EU agreement is not higher than the domestic constitution.
Yesterday’s decision of the Polish Constitutional Court is seen as an attack on the European Union and creates a serious situation in which Poland is in danger of leaving, said Clement Bonn, the French Minister for European Affairs.