Opinion. Poland’s revolt against the EU will cost the country and the EU dearly

11.10.2021, Moscow.

The decision of the Polish Constitutional Court may have enormous consequences for the entire European Union as a geopolitical project, and for Poland, it may cause the loss of huge money, writes Associate Professor of Finance University Gevorg Mirzayan in his article for the Vzglyad newspaper on October 10.

The author of the publication quotes the incumbent Secretary of State for European affairs in the French government Clément Beaune as saying that “Poland attacked the entire European Union.”

“The European Union is talking about the possibility of stopping the allocation of various subsidies to Poland from the EU fund (for example, to combat the coronavirus). And this is an enormous sum of money,” the author notes.

Mirzayan explains that Poland’s position is that Warsaw joined the EU in 2004, and therefore transferred powers to Brussels in the framework of European legislation that was in effect at the time.

But the Lisbon Treaty, which was used to further centralize the EU, was signed in 2007 and entered into force in 2009. Today’s Polish authorities consider Donald Tusk, a representative of the Polish liberal forces, a traitor, and a European servant, who signed the Lisbon agreement. Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of the Law and Justice Party, ceased to be prime minister a month before signing the treaty. And Tusk, for his part, has made a career in European structures after leaving his post as prime minister of Poland.

Now the Constitutional Court says that if the clause on the priority of European law over national law is observed, Poland cannot act as a sovereign and democratic state. Kaczyński argues that as a lawyer it is obvious to him that the Constitution is the supreme normative act in Poland, because otherwise, it means that the country is not a sovereign state and that it has no democracy since the citizens form the people (demos) and therefore democracy. “The people decide who rules and how,” Kaczyński said.

Thus, Poland has actually recognized the supremacy of national legislation over EU directives, so it is no longer obliged to comply with EU regulations.

It would seem that Poland, like Russia, took the path of sovereign democracy. But Russia can afford it, because it did not sign an agreement on supranational integration based on EU principles and did not receive hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and benefits from the EU.

However, Poland is not going to pay the money back, and the authorities seem quite happy with the result of their “attack” on the EU, writes Mirzayan.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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