Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that no one has the right to teach Poland what democracy is. According to the Associated Press, it did so when the European Union announced that discussions about disbursing billions of euros in EU funds to Poland were continuing due to doubts about respect for the rule of law.
“No one will teach us what democracy and the rule of law are, because Poland has a long and noble history of fighting all kinds of totalitarianism and tyranny,” the Polish prime minister wrote in a post on his personal Facebook page.
“We fought for the rule of law and democracy during the terrible years of communism, but we have a much longer democratic tradition and we don’t want anyone in Western Europe to teach us what democracy is, what the rule of law is, because we know better,” Morawiecki added.
The Associated Press noted that European Union Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said two days ago that the Polish government’s debate over EU sovereignty or national law was just one of the topics discussed before billions of euros were released to Poland from EU funds for post-pandemic reconstruction. .
In the spring, Morawiecki turned to the Polish Constitutional Court to comment on whether the Polish constitution took precedence over EU law. He did so following a ruling by the European Union’s Court of Justice in March on Polish judicial reform. This is a long-running dispute between Warsaw and Brussels.
The Polish government claims that the reform should lead to more efficient courts, but its critics see it as efforts by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to control the Polish judiciary.
The Polish Constitutional Court postponed the ruling several times. The last time was on Tuesday, when he postponed further talks, on September 22nd.
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