The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, assured the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday that she would take measures to protect the fundamental rights of Poles following the judgment of the Constitutional Court, which recently questioned the primacy of law Signs of an undemocratic drift that Brussels is watching with “concern” and that it is “endangering” values throughout the EU.
“We cannot and will not allow our common values to be jeopardized. The Commission will act,” said von der Leyen in his first speech at a debate on the situation in Poland in the plenary session of Parliament. European and in which Morawiecki also took part.
The head of the Community Executive has re-examined the options her legal team is considering to respond to Poland’s challenge to European justice, from a new infringement procedure to Article 7 that could suspend Warsaw’s voting rights in decisions until 27, through the new conditionality of Community funds, which allows resources to be frozen when they finance projects that threaten the rule of law.
Von der Leyen said, however, that the evaluation of the case is still in progress and will be carried out “with caution”, so that no decision has yet been made. German politicians expressed themselves “deeply concerned” because the Polish constitutional verdict “calls into question the foundations of the European Union”.
“It is a direct attack on the unity of the European legal order. Only a common legal order guarantees equal rights, legal security and mutual trust between the member states and thus a common policy”, said the Commission President.
He has insisted that the rule of law is one of the foundations of the EU, which not only protects the values and rights of the bloc, but has also been chosen by all member states as “sovereign peoples and free nations”.
Von der Leyen regretted that “for the first time” a national court ruled that the Joint Treaties were incompatible with the national constitution, while at the same time warning of the “grave consequences” for the fundamental rights of Polish citizens.
The chairwoman of the municipal council made her first speech with an appeal for “dialogue” with Warsaw – “I have always defended the dialogue. It is possible and necessary to find a solution” – and concluded Poland’s role in European integration. “Poland is and will remain in the heart of Europe. Long live Poland, long live Europe!”