Escalated judicial disputes with the European Union, Poland may pay 7.41 million yuan a day
Overseas Network, October 27. According to Agence France-Presse and Associated Press reports on the 27th, the European Court of Justice requested Poland to pay a fine of 1 million euros (approximately RMB 7.41 million) a day on the grounds that the Polish government refused to enforce the ruling.
The European Court of Justice believes that penalties are “necessary” to avoid “serious and irreparable damage to the legal order and basic values of the European Union.” In July of this year, the European Court of Justice ruled that Poland should immediately suspend a disciplinary review agency set up in 2020 for judges. The Polish government refused to implement it. For this reason, the European Commission requested in September to impose a fine on Poland until the Polish government took adjustment actions.
On October 7, the Polish government appealed the decision of the European Court of Justice to the Polish Constitutional Court. The Polish court held that the European Court of Justice’s interference in Polish judicial reform violates the Polish Constitution, and Polish domestic laws have priority over EU laws. Which of the EU laws and the laws of the member states has priority is a core issue related to the stability of the EU. Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki reiterated on the 22nd that the Polish government will continue its controversial judicial reform despite the opposition of EU institutions and the ruling of the European Court of Justice.