Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski reacted angrily after the EU revealed it would sue the country over constitutional court judgments questioning EU supremacy over national law.
With the eurosceptic PiS in power since 2015, the European Commission, under President Ursula von der Leyen, has escalated a legal confrontation with Warsaw.
“If we Poles agreed with this kind of modern-day submission, we would be degraded in different ways,” said Mr Kaczynski, a deputy prime minister.
“The Court of Justice of the European Union is the primary tool used in this action.”
Earlier last week, PiS leader Mateusz Morawiecki stated he disagreed with the EU Commission’s approach, accusing Brussels of misinterpreting its authorities.
“I think more and more European Union member states are seeing that there must be a limit to the EU’s competences.”
The Polish government stated on Wednesday: “The Commission considers that these rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal are in breach of the general principles of autonomy, primacy, effectiveness and uniform application of Union law and the binding effect of rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union.”
The Commission argues that Poland’s courts are not independent of political influence, meaning the funds are not safeguarded against abuse.
The Commission said it was taking action because the Polish constitutional tribunal’s verdicts denied persons seeking legal protection under EU treaties.
Finalement, the Commission questions the Constitutional Tribunal’s independence and impartiality and believes it no longer fits the legal standards of a tribunal.
Poland, who joined the EU in 2004, has two months to respond.
After two months, the Commission may give Poland a reasoned opinion requiring it to comply with EU legislation.
The Commission may then challenge Poland in the European Court of Justice, punishing Warsaw daily until it conforms.
IN TWO OTHER INSTANCES, the EU previously fined Poland, totalling 1.5 million euros per day.