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Following a similar ruling by the Polish Constitutional Court earlier this year, Romania’s Constitutional Court ruled last week that an ECJ ruling could only be implemented if the country’s constitution was amended.
The decision concerned a case brought by the highest Romanian court which had convicted former ministers and parliamentarians for VAT fraud and corruption in the management of European funds.
This decision called into question the primacy of European law over national law, as in the case of Poland.
Reacting to the news, MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld warned that the issue should be “high on the agenda” of European Council President Charles Michel.
She blasted: “If member states no longer accept the rule of law of the EU and the authority of its highest jurisdiction, the EU is indeed disintegrating.
“There is a real crisis in the rule of law, but the European Council continues to dodge the issue.
“It should be high on the agenda.”
In October, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that parts of the European Union’s treaties were incompatible with its constitution.
Poland argues that the European Union is overstepping its mandate and, in an interview with the Financial Times published in October, the ruling nationalist Prime Minister of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), Mateusz Morawiecki, accused the European Commission of keeping ” a pistol pointed at our temple “. .
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European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said earlier this month: “The approval work is underway. We are unlikely to be able to finalize it this year.”
He spoke at the end of the meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels.
Had the plans been approved, Poland would have been entitled to a first installment of 13% of the total 23.9 billion euros in grants it is expected to receive over the next five years.
Under pressure from Parliament and Member States, the Commission set conditions for the release of European funds.
Brussels wants firm commitments to guarantee the independence of the judiciary in Warsaw.