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Hungary’s Orban backs Polish court ruling challenging EU law

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BUDAPEST, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Hungary has known as on European Union establishments “to respect member states’ sovereignty” after it backed a Polish court ruling that some EU law is incompatible with the Polish structure.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a Hungarian authorities decree on Saturday, his press chief informed state news company MTI, welcoming the ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Court which has plunged the EU into an existential disaster.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, mentioned she was “deeply concerned” by the ruling and that the Commission would do all in its energy to make sure the primacy of EU law. [nL1N2R40LR]

Right-wing populist governments in Poland and Hungary have been at odds with the Commission over points starting from media freedoms, migration, LGBT rights to judicial independence.

The two former communist states, which joined the EU in 2004, have been allies throughout the bloc, usually voting in tandem, and supporting one another’s case.

Budapest mentioned Thursday’s Polish court ruling had been triggered by a “bad practice of EU institutions” which tried to remove sure competences from member states that had by no means been conferred upon the EU.

“The primacy of EU law can only apply in those areas where the EU has powers, the framework for this had been set out in the EU’s treaties,” MTI cited the Hungarian decree as saying.

The EU’s establishments should respect member states’ nationwide identification, it added.

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal took on the case after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki requested it whether or not EU establishments might cease Poland reorganising its judiciary.

Despite the disputes between Brussels and their respective governments, assist for membership of the EU stays excessive in Poland and Hungary.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Mike Harrison

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