Poland: Court rules Polish Constitution has primacy over EU laws

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Poland’s constitutional court ruled Thursday that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the European Union in areas where they clash, a decision likely to embolden the country’s right-wing government and worsen its already troubled relationship with the EU. The Constitutional Tribunal held that some provisions of the treaties binding EU members and some rulings by the 27-nation bloc’s highest court conflict with Poland’s Constitution. Two of the 14 judges who considered the case dissented from the majority opinion. The tribunal initiated its review in July on a motion from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He asked for the review after the European Court of Justice, ruling in a case involving the Polish government’s attempts to exert more influence over the country’s judiciary, declared that EU takes precedence over Polish law.” (10/07/21)