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French Europe Minister slams Polish court ruling as ‘attack’ on the EU

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French European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune has blasted Poland’s controversial court ruling, which states that the Polish constitution takes precedence over some EU laws, as an “attack on the European Union.”

Beaune said Friday on BFMTV that if there is “no basic respect for the common rules of rights and freedoms of Europe,” there can be “no support” for Poland.

Accusing Poland of breaching its “contract” with the EU, Beaune added: “It is therefore very serious, it is the risk of a de facto exit.”

In response to the ruling of the Polish court, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders said that the EU “will use all the tools” at its disposal to protect the primacy of European law which is “at the heart of the Union.”

Warsaw’s long-running confrontation with Brussels escalated dramatically on Thursday when Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the country’s constitution takes precedence over some EU laws.

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, dismissed the idea of a so-called Polexit from the EU and said on Facebook post Thursday evening that “Poland’s place is and will be in the European family of nations.”

But defending the court verdict, Morawiecki added that the “ruling of the Constitutional Court confirmed what is literal from the contents of the Constitution of Poland. This is that constitutional law has superiority over other sources of law.”

Thursday’s ruling dealt with whether the Court of Justice of the EU is going too far in its rulings on Poland’s judicial system and exceeds its jurisdiction under the European Treaties.

The legal flare-up is the latest escalation in the Brussels and Warsaw standoff. The European Commission has made clear that Poland’s pandemic recovery spending program — worth €24 billion in grants and €12 billion in loans — hasn’t yet been approved because of the Constitutional Tribunal case. 

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