Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: the Polish constitutional traditions are ones of the oldest in Europe

“We understand very well what are constitution, constitutional tribunals, courts, and how important and fundamental is their role in the political and legal order of the whole state’s political system,” said the Prime Minister during the meeting of heads of constitutional courts of six Central and Eastern European Countries entitled “The role of the constitutional court in the modern state” which took place in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that over the centuries, starting from the 14th century, the progressive legislation related to the establishment of constitutional order, together with its culmination in the act and especially with the 3rd of May Constitution, shows that Poland has centuries-old constitutional traditions.

As the Polish Prime Minister pointed out, in the European order there are various models, from the one in which constitutional court’s or tribunal’s judgements may be repealed by the parliament, to the ones in which there are no constitutional tribunals at all.

The Prime Minister said that in the Polish political order, the Constitutional Tribunal enjoys wide practical, factual and legislative safeguards in reference to its total autonomy and independence.

The Head of Government said also that we are, together with our brothers from the East and South, in a period of searching something like constitutional identity. According to him this plurality of our historical experience and today’s expectations should be fully respected. Carrying on he added that many constitutional tribunals considered where are the boundaries of the European order in relation to the constitutional order, with the role of the constitutional tribunal in the first place.

In Poland we also carry out such a discourse and we want it to be respected, just like it should be respected in all other European Union Member States. There are such rights within the constitutional orders and state orders of individual Member States which are absolutely fundamental for the functioning of these states said the Prime Minister.

To conclude the Prime Minister declared that above all we will respect the Constitutional Tribunal and its judgements as the highest appeal and decision-making instance.


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