PM wants to address EU parliament on constitution case

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has asked the European Parliament president if he can address the assembly in order to present Poland's position on a recent top court's ruling saying Poland's constitution takes precedence over EU law.

The Constitutional Tribunal (TK) ruled last week that several articles of the EU Treaties do not comply with the Polish constitution, calling into question the primacy of European Union law over national legislation.

The new law could further strain relations between Poland and the EU already under pressure from a number of clashes ranging from the rule of law to the environment.

But Morawiecki, according to government spokesman Piotr Mueller, would like to go before the EU parliament to put Poland’s case.

"Prime Minister @MorawieckiM has sent a motion to the president of the European Parliament to take part in the next sitting so that he can present Poland's position during the planned parliamentary debate," Mueller tweeted on Wednesday.

According to Polish private broadcaster RMF FM, the European Parliament will debate the Tribunal's ruling issue next week.

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