The Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron will meet for bilateral meetings with the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki before the summit of the EU heads of state and government, on which exactly the authoritarian drift of Warsaw.
In addition, hours before the start of the European Council, the Polish Prime Minister will hold a meeting with his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, the group known as “Visegrad”, as its spokesman announced on the social network Twitter Brussels.
For example, Merkel, Macron and Sánchez’s contacts with Morawiecki take place shortly before a summit at which the heads of state and government intend to discuss Poland’s authoritarian emigration, in particular following the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which questions the primacy of the community law national legislation.
The issue will not be officially placed on the summit agenda, but pressure from some capitals will force the 27 to discuss the issue. Some partners, particularly from the Benelux countries, are calling for a strong and rapid response to Warsaw, while others, such as Germany or Spain, are more in favor of giving priority to dialogue with the Polish authorities.
Warsaw decided to keep its finger on the pulse with the EU after the judgment was published, and has even warned not to negotiate the Brussels climate package until the institution has given the green light to its economic stimulus plan, which will pay out around 36,000 million Euro provides.
Before his meeting with Morawiecki, President Sánchez met with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, with whom he discussed both the rule of law in Poland and the rise in energy prices and energy consumption.