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“At a crossroads”: Polish PM berates EU ahead of trip to European Parliament

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WARSAW, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused European Union establishments on Thursday of infringing on the rights of member states, as he ready to current Warsaw’s place in a row over the rule of regulation subsequent week earlier than the European Parliament.

Poland’s nationalist authorities has been at odds with the European Commission in Brussels over judicial reforms, media freedoms and LGBT rights since taking energy in 2015, however a current courtroom ruling that components of EU regulation are incompatible with the Polish structure has introduced issues to a head.

“We are at a crucial moment, you could say at a crossroads in the EU’s history,” Morawiecki informed the Polish parliament. “Democracy is being tested – how far will European nations retreat before this usurpation by some EU institutions.”

The ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, an establishment the federal government’s critics say has grow to be politicised as half of reforms they are saying undermine judicial independence, challenges a key tenet of European integration.

Poland says the EU has overstepped its mandate by trying to forestall the federal government’s judicial reforms, and that the Constitutional Tribunal ruling asserts the primacy of the Polish structure in a method that’s no completely different from rulings handed down by courts in different European nations.

‘VERY SERIOUS’

Asked about Morawiecki’s feedback on Thursday, Commission spokesman Christian Wigand mentioned the EU government had “the task of safeguarding the proper functioning of the Union’s legal order… and will ensure that the rights of Europeans under the Treaties will continue to be protected…”

He mentioned an in-depth evaluation of the Polish courtroom ruling was underway, including that an preliminary evaluation pointed to “very serious issues in relation to the primacy of EU law”.

The courtroom ruling might put in danger some 23 billion euros in EU grants and 34 billion in low-cost loans that Poland might in any other case rely on as half of the EU’s restoration fund after the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has additionally spurred speak of a “Polexit”, although Warsaw says it has no intention of following Britain out of the EU.

Polish authorities spokesman Piotr Muller mentioned Morawiecki would attend the European Parliament session in Strasbourg subsequent Tuesday to current Poland’s place within the rule of regulation dispute.

Reporting by Alan Charlish, Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk and Pawel Florkiewicz in Warsaw, Jan Strupczewski in Brussels
Editing by Gareth Jones

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