“Regardless of what Parliament and the Commission think – it is not the case that whoever is stronger can decide on everything,” this is how prof. Ryszard Legutko summed up his speech during the debate in European Parliament. He addressed it directly to President Ursula von der Leyen.
On Tuesday morning (19 Oct), Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is taking part in the European Parliament debate launched after the Polish Constitutional Court ruling on the supremacy of the constitution over EU law. Shortly after the Prime Minister’s speech, MEP Ryszard Legutko also had a chance to speak.
Legutko alleged that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, which are enshrined in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union, are being ignored.
“The principles of subsidiarity, proportionality which are clearly enshrined in Article 5 have been ignored,” he said.
“They, having got rid of the basic principles of the Treaties, create their own principles that do not exist in the Treaties and cannot exist there,” Legutko said.
“The first product of this genius came from the Commission side. That was the rule of law framework and then the principle of conditionality from Parliament, which is something of an outrage. This is a legal and moral monster,” said the Law and Justice MEP.
At the end of his speech, Legutko directly addressed the EC President Ursula von der Leyen with the following words:
“Madam President, we are not afraid of European law, we are afraid of European lawlessness, of most abuses of power, of our own interpretations of the treaties. Regardless of what Parliament and the Commission think – it is not the case that whoever is stronger can decide on everything”