Index – Abroad – Ursula von der Leyen: If the Poles want to stay in the EU, they have to follow the rules
Von der Leyen made it clear that the EU Commission will use all available means to uphold the principles of the EU legal system. The President of the European Commission, in a statement, responded that the Polish Constitutional Court had ruled the day before that some provisions of the EU Treaty were inconsistent with the Polish Constitution. In the majority opinion of the Commission, membership of the European Union does not entail that the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union are binding on the member states.
Ursula von der Leyen said the EU Commission has begun analyzing the Polish Constitutional Court’s decision and will decide next steps based on its findings.
Our top priority is to ensure that Polish citizens’ rights are protected and that they enjoy the benefits of EU membership, as all EU citizens do.
He said. he added: EU citizens and companies operating in Poland require legal certainty, and to do so, EU rules, including rulings of the EU Court of Justice, must be fully applied in Poland.
Our contracts are very clear. All decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union are binding on the authorities of member states, including national courts. EU law takes precedence over national law, including constitutional provisions
He said. He added that this was signed by all EU member states when they joined the EU. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in a statement to the German Funke Media Group, called on Poland to fully comply with EU law.
He said that as a member of the union, Poland must comply with EU law and implement EU court rulings.
If a country decides to become a member of the European Union, it must ensure that the rules adopted are fully and fully implemented.
– He stated that his country fully supports the European Union Commission in implementing European law.
France’s Minister of State for European Affairs, Clement Bonn, told RMC/BFMTV that the ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court, which ruled against the absolute precedence of EU law over Polish law, was an attack on the EU. Warning:
The issue is “extremely serious” and could jeopardize Brexit.
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, speaking at a meeting of EU interior ministers, said Warsaw was “playing with fire” and its behavior could lead to a rift with the EU. Posted by:
I know that people in Poland are European and want to remain European, but it should be very clear that the Polish government is playing with fire. In addition to the fact that after a certain point, a rift can occur not only at the legal level but also at the political level.
Luxembourg’s foreign minister also expressed concern about developments in Poland, where, he said, the priority of European law is being escalated step by step. pointed out:
The rule of European law is crucial to European unity and European coexistence. If this collapses, Europe will never be what we knew it to be.
(Cover photo: Ursula von der Leyen on October 6, 2021. Photo: Alice Pino/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)