Poland fears centrally-steered EU, PM tells EU leaders

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Poland remains a "loyal" EU member, but fears that the bloc could become a "centrally-controlled organism" the Polish prime minister has written in a letter to EU leaders.

Writing on the eve of a debate in the European Parliament on a ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal challenging the supremacy of EU law, Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland was prepared to observe the EU treaties in areas jointly agreed on by the member states.

However, he said although Poland remains a loyal member of the block he feared the EU was gradually evolving from a community of independent states into a centrally steered organism.

Morawiecki said that if the EU's drift towards centralisation was not halted, its negative effects would be felt by all the member countries.

Referring to Poland's rule of law conflict with the EU, he appealed for dialogue and more understanding of Poland's position.

On Tuesday, the Polish prime minister will present Poland's arguments in the conflict before the European Parliament.

On October 7, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal (TK) ruled that several articles of the EU Treaties did 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.

The European Parliament's press service said last week that the parliament intends to request the European Commission to rapidly proceed at launching a conditionality mechanism governing the pay-out of EU funds. The mechanism allows for funds to be withheld if a member state breaches the fundamental EU principle of the rule of law.