EU institutions go beyond treaties, harm EU integration: Polish FM

The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau said that the political and legal activism of European Union institutions leads to an extension of their powers beyond the framework of primary EU law. He also said that such actions will damage the European integration process.

In an interview with the Polish Diplomatic Review quarterly journal, Zbigniew Rau commented on the rule of law dispute about the newly established link between the payout of EU funds to member states' observance of the rule of law. Min Rau also mentioned the EC Vice President Vera Jourova's direct statement in which she announced consequences for Poland and Hungary for not observing these rules.

Minister Zbigniew Rau said that he did not like "such political eristics". In his opinion, the matter concerns not only European funds, but also Polish funds, which are generated not only from budget contributions from member states, but also through their open markets.

"However, I think that we are dealing here with something deeper. The political and legal activism of the bodies of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice is a fact. This aims to extend their powers beyond the framework of primary laws of the European Union, that is, treaties," Minister Rau said.

In Minister Rau's opinion, this is a "transgression" of the European integration process, which should be stopped by the governments of EU member states at the political level, and through the European Court of Justice and constitutional tribunals of individual states, which were created to control the activities of EU bodies.

Minister Rau said that in the event of the violation of powers, Poland will respond appropriately with political and legal means.

"I would prefer all of us in the EU to focus on avoiding such situations. We will certainly talk about it with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and encourage her commissioners to share this approach," Minister Rau added.