The EU’s European affairs ministers met with a broad agenda, particularly the rule of law and higher energy prices.
Didier Reynders, a member of the European Commission for Justice, said in a statement to the press that migration, digital transformation, high energy prices, and the rule of law are included.
And on the agenda of the ministers who met before the leaders of the European Union, and the summit, which will be held from 21 to 22 October.
Reynders said ministers would discuss long-term solutions as well as short-term options.
Like tax cuts and incentives to ease EU citizens’ anxieties about energy price increases.
Noting that the most important item on the agenda is the rule of law, Reynders referred to the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
With the participation of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and President of the European Union Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Reynders said that the Polish Constitutional Court’s decision that national laws take precedence over EU laws was discussed at the hearing, “we are very concerned about this.”
Reynders also said they are considering measures for violations of EU law and options are on the table.
Such as the “conditionality mechanism” that requires member states to “respect the rule of law” to benefit from EU funds.
Or the introduction of Article 7, which means suspending the right to vote for a member state of the Council of the European Union.
The Polish Constitutional Court declared on October 8 that the country’s national laws take precedence over some EU laws.
In the court ruling, “Efforts by the European Court of Justice to interfere with the Polish justice system violate the principle of the rule of law.
In addition to the principle of the sovereignty of the Polish constitution, as well as the principle of preserving sovereignty in the process of European integration.
Poland’s practices on issues such as the rule of law, freedom of the press, and independence of the judiciary have also been criticized within the European Union in recent years.
The report of the European Union Commission entitled “Rule of Law 2021” stated that the independence of the judiciary in Poland is under threat, and this is a matter of concern.