EU Disagrees With Poland’s Decision On Supremacy Of Its Constitution

The European Commission (EC) has commented on a ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Court that found the country’s fundamental law superseded European law. The EC said the Polish court’s ruling « raises serious concerns » and promised to take action.

A press release from the EC said that all rulings by the European court are binding on the authorities of all EU member states, including national courts. Moreover, EU law « takes precedence over national law, including its constitutional provisions », the EC said.

« We will analyse the Polish Constitutional Court’s decision in detail and decide on the next steps. The EU is a community of values and law that must be respected in all member states… The EC is tasked with ensuring the proper functioning of the EU legal order and will continue to do so, » the Commission said on its website.

Warsaw’s conflict with Brussels has flared up over EU dissatisfaction with Polish judicial reform. The EU court ruled that changes to the Polish law on the National Judicial Council may violate European law, and threatened Poland with economic sanctions. Warsaw does not yet intend to implement the European court’s decision.


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