Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has endorsed a ruling by a Polish court, backed by the Warsaw government, which considered aspects of EU law incompatible with the Polish constitution.
Poland’s Constitutional Court said Thursday that the country’s constitution takes precedence over some EU laws in a ruling that the European Commission said “raised serious concerns,” especially as it was quickly endorsed by the country’s government.
The EU executive has warned that “it will not hesitate to use its powers under the [EU] Treaties to safeguard the uniform application and integrity of Union law ”in response to the ruling.
On Saturday, Hungary backed the ruling in a show of solidarity with Poland.
“The primacy of EU law can only apply in those areas where the EU has powers, the framework for this had been established in the EU treaties,” Orbán said. according to Reuters, calling on the institutions of the European Union “to respect the sovereignty of the member states.”
The ruling is the latest salvo in the EU’s battle with Poland and Hungary, which share right-wing populist governments and often support each other in clashes with Brussels, over rule of law issues.