Government leaders speak of Poland, no sanctions for now

There were harsh words in the European Parliament after Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki addressed parliamentarians last Tuesday in response to the fight over Polish laws versus European legislation. At the EU summit in Brussels today, Heads of Government are taking back gas.

The tempers have been running high in recent weeks when the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that national laws outweigh those of the EU. Prime Minister Rutte soon announced that Poland cannot claim EUR 36 billion from the corona support fund because of this ruling. He would bring that to this summit as well.

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki reiterated this week in Brussels that she had no intention of resigning the Polish judge‘s ruling. But most countries don’t want a high-rise fight with Poland. Some government leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hope they can come to a solution in conversation with Morawiecki.

Size is full

However, for countries like the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the size is full. They want action against Poland and look at the Commission on Criminal Action against Poland.

However, there are also measures that the Heads of Government can take on their own. The toughest is the so-called Article 7 procedure.

For this measure, there does not seem to be sufficient support in the European Council for the time being. And so sanctions will have to come from the Commission in particular. For example, the European Union‘s executive board may decide not to pay the amount of EUR 36 billion from the corona aid fund, which is earmarked for Poland, for the time being.

Awaiting Posture

In addition, since this year, the Commission can also shorten countries on subsidies if they do not have their rule of law in order. However, President Von der Leyen is reluctant to use this measure too early. At present, the European Court of Justice is still discussing whether the Commission should impose this sentence at all.

It is all too slow for the European Parliament. It announced this week that it will force the Commission through court to stop subsidies for Poland. The cash crane may reopen if the country puts European law back above national law, a majority of parliamentarians think. However, it will probably take a few more weeks for the Commission to show its muscles. Von der Leyen continues to study the Polish judge’s verdict.