Parliamentary speaker codemns Brussels over legal superiority spat

Witek added that many EU member states are in a similar situation where their national tribunals ruled the superiority of national law over the EU law and that had been recognised. [Shutterstock]

Statements by EU officials that the standoff with Poland will be settled once Warsaw agrees to recognise the superiority of EU law over the Polish constitution are unacceptable, Speaker of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek, said on Sunday.

“When we entered the EU, we wanted it very much, we agreed to transfer some competencies; but we did not agree on this,” she told TVP Info in an interview.

“An attempt to force us to hand over our sovereignty into the hands of Brussels officials is unacceptable to us,” she said.

Witek added that many EU member states are in a similar situation where their national tribunals ruled the superiority of national law over the EU law, and that had been recognised.

“In the case of Poland, it is different, so we are a country under attack from all sides,” she added.

According to Witek, Poland was a reservoir of cheap labour and raw materials for the EU, while the Polish economy was progressing well.

“And economically strong and sovereign Poland is not suitable for many countries,” she added.

The Constitutional Tribunal hearing, in this case, began on 31 August, but last Thursday (30 September) , the court announced a break until 7 October.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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