Thursday, December 23, 2021

The European Commission launches legal action over Polish Constitutional Tribunal

 The European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, announced that the European Commission has initiated proceedings against Poland in connection with the activities of the Constitutional Tribunal. In the opinion of the European Commission, the Tribunal is not an independent and impartial tribunal, and its recent judgments affect the supremacy of EU law.

According to the EC's communiqué, the Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday, December 22. "Poland has two months to respond to the letter of formal notice," we read.

In response, Mateusz Morawiecki stated that he was surprised by the EC's decision and assured that the Constitutional Tribunal meets all the requirements. 

"Not only does it meet all the requirements of independence and impartiality, but it is the Constitutional Tribunal that really cares for the constitution to be really the highest law of Poland. I can only gratefully think about their very professional work, analysis, verdicts, and decisions" - argued the Prime Minister.

According to the head of the Polish government, "more and more EU countries must notice that there must be a borderline somewhere, what is decided by the state, and what by the European Union."

For comparison's sake, it would be like the UN declaring that the Supreme Court of the United States does not meet its rule-of-law standards.