Poland fears centrally-steered EU, PM tells EU leaders

2021-10-18 20:11 update: 2021-10-18, 20:13
Poland remains a loyal EU member but fears the community is ceasing to be an alliance of free, equal and sovereign states, the Polish prime minister wrote on Monday in a letter to the EU countries' presidents and prime ministers.

Writing on the eve of a PE debate triggered by the Polish constitutional court's recent contestation of the primacy of EU over national law, Morawiecki assured that Poland was prepared to observe the EU treaties in areas jointly agreed on by the member states but feared the EU was gradually evolving from a community of independent states to a centrally steered organism.

Morawiecki warned that if the EU's centralisation is not halted, its negative effects will be felt by all the member countries. Referring to Poland's ongoing rule of law conflict with the EU, he appealed for dialogue and more understanding for Poland's position in the dispute.

On Tuesday Morawiecki will present Poland's arguments in the conflict before the EP.

On October 7 Poland's Constitutional Tribunal (TK) ruled that several articles of the EU Treaties do not comply with the Polish constitution, calling into question the primacy of European Union law over national legislation.

The new law could further strain relations between Poland and the EU already under pressure from a number of clashes ranging from the rule of law to the environment.

The European Parliament's press service said last week that the EP intended to request the EC for a rapid launch of a conditionality mechanism governing the pay-out of EU funds. The mechanism allows for funds to be withheld if a member state breaches the fundamental EU principle of the rule of law. (PAP)