(WARSAW) Court Report: A ruling challenging the supremacy of EU law plunged them into an existential crisis on Friday, increasing fears among their policymakers and many Poles that Poland could eventually leave the bloc #POLEXIT #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said she was “deeply concerned” and that the EU executive she leads would do all in its power to ensure the primacy of EU law……

#AceDailyNews says according to a Reuters report: EU faces crisis over Polish court ruling{ Politicians across Europe voiced dismay at the ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal on Thursday that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution, undermining the legal pillar on which the 27-nation EU stands…..

Reuters: By Sabine Siebold and Alicja PtakOctober 8, 20214:43 PM BSTLast Updated 3 hours ago

She said in a statement that the EU’s 450 million citizens and its businesses need legal certainty, and the Commission would carry out a swift analysis to decide its next steps.

“We have to state clearly that this government in Poland is playing with fire,” Luxembourg’s minister for foreign affairs, Jean Asselborn, said on arrival for a meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg.

“The primacy of European law is essential for the integration of Europe and living together in Europe. If this principle is broken, Europe as we know it, as it has been built with the Rome treaties, will cease to exist.”

Poland may have to consider the economic risks of its clash with the EU because until the issue is resolved, it is unlikely to see any of the 23 billion euros ($26.61 billion) in EU grants and 34 billion in cheap loans that it could otherwise count on as part of the EU’s recovery fund after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EU could even raise doubts about Polish access to EU grants for cohesion and structural projects in the 2021-2027 budget worth several times the recovery package, on the grounds that a country that rejects EU law cannot guarantee that the funds are spent as agreed, free of fraud.

“If European legal acts are no longer accepted, it is questionable whether Poland can still profit from the enormous amounts of EU funding it currently receives,” said Monika Hohlmeier, a member of the European Parliament from the centre-right group of the European People’s Party.


The flags of Poland and European Union flutter in front of the Polish parliament in Warsaw June 29, 2011. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

People demonstrate in front of the Constitutional Tribunal building, during a session ruling on whether several articles of EU Treaties comply with the Polish Constitution in Warsaw, Poland October 7, 2021. Jacek Marczewski/Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS 

Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) says it has no plans for a “Polexit” and – unlike Britain before its Brexit referendum in 2016 – popular support for membership of the EU remains high in Poland.

Poland’s membership since 2004 has helped drive some of the fastest economic growth in Europe. With an increasingly assertive Russia unnerving some central and eastern European states that were for decades under Communist rule, many Poles see the EU as an essential part of national security.

But, welcoming the court ruling, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said each member state must be treated with respect and the EU should not be only “a grouping of those who are equal and more equal.”

Right-wing populist governments in Poland and Hungary have found themselves increasingly at odds with the European Commission over issues ranging from LGBT rights to judicial independence.

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal took on the case after Morawiecki asked it whether EU institutions could stop Poland reorganising its judiciary.

However, a Eurobarometer survey carried out in June and July 2021 showed that almost twice as many Poles trust the EU as trust their own national government.

“I think…there is a risk that we could exit the EU, because all of these actions which are happening can lead to that, step by step,” said Warsaw pensioner Grazyna Gulbinowicz.

“I think it would have a very negative impact on our overall situation, because things are not easy and without EU funds it will be even more difficult, not to mention the fact that we will feel isolated.”

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Reuters: Additional reporting by Jan Strupczewski and Francesco Guarascio in Brussels, Joanna Plucinska in Warsaw and Dominique Vidalon in Paris, Writing by John Chalmers and Alan Charlish, Editing by Timothy Heritage

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Oct.10: 2021:

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#BREAKING144 ‘ Polish Ministers resign over Taping Scandal ‘

#AceBreakingNews – POLAND:June.10: Polish parliament speaker, 3 ministers resign over taping scandal

Three Polish ministers and the parliament speaker submitted their resignations in connection with a taping scandal, Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced on Wednesday. Secret recordings of government ministers’ conversations were leaked this week.

The PM announced that the three ministers who decided to quit their positions are the health, treasury and sports ministers.

Several other politicians, including the Speaker of the Parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, as well as a chief adviser to the Prime Minister and a special services coordinator, also resigned.

Prime Minister Kopacz also indicated that she would fire Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet, AP reported. The investigation with the ministers involved was led by Seremet, and Kopacz said it was slow-going.

She also mentioned she did not accept the prosecutor’s report on why the classified files from the probe had been leaked to the public.


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#AceWorldNews – WARSAW, October 24. /TASS/. The Polish Foreign Ministry has revoked the accreditation from a Russian state-run news agency’s journalist working in Warsaw, a ministry spokesman said on Friday.

The spokesman refused to elaborate whether the withdrawal of the accreditation of Leonid Sviridov, a correspondent of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency (formerly known as RIA Novosti), was linked to the recent spy scandal in Poland.

On October 15, a high-ranking Polish officer and a lawyer holding Russian-Polish citizenship were detained on charges of spying for a foreign nation.

Marek Biernacki, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said that the detainees were Russia’s agents.

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said last week that Poland could deport Russian diplomats following the scandal.


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‘ Plane Loaded with Parachutists Crashes in Southern Poland ‘

#AceWorldNews – POLAND (Warsaw) – July 05 – A plane with parachutists crashed in the city of Czestochowa, southern Poland, on Saturday, July 5.

The local rescue service said of the 12 people aboard 11 had died and one had been taken to hospital in critical condition, the Polish Press Agency reported.


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` Barack Obama Increases Military Spending for NATO Increasing Chances of United States of Europe ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – June 03 – U.S. President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine.

Under attack from critics at home who say his leadership on the world stage has not been muscular enough, Obama unveiled plans to spend up to $1 billion in supporting and training the armed forces of NATO states on Russia’s borders.

The White House also said it would review permanent troop deployments in Europe in the light of the Ukraine crisis — though that fell short of a firm commitment to put troops on the ground that Poland and some of its neighbours had sought.

Stationing troops permanently in eastern Europe would be tricky: many NATO members in Western Europe would baulk at the cost, and a big increase in U.S. forces could prompt reciprocal steps by Moscow and spiral into an arms race.

Moments after landing at Warsaw’s Okecie airport at the start of a four-day visit to Europe, Obama set the tone by striding into an aircraft hangar to inspect U.S. fighter jets in Poland for a joint program with the Polish air force.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) March 29 2014 – From the heart of Europe to the expanse of Saudi Arabia’s desert, President Barack Obama’s week long overseas trip amounted to a reassurance tour for stalwart, but sometimes skeptical, American allies.

Europe is a crucial linchpin in Obama’s efforts to rally the international community in opposition to Russia’s incursion in Ukraine, but the continent’s leaders have concerns about the impact tougher Western sanctions on Moscow could have on their own economy.

Saudi Arabia has a hand in nearly every Middle East crisis consuming White House attention, including the Syrian civil war, nuclear negotiations with Iran and peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, but has grown anxious about Obama’s positioning in the region.


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#AceWorldNews WARSAW May 26 Poland’s last Communist leader…

#AceWorldNews – WARSAW – May 26 – Poland’s last Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90 after a long illness, Polish media say.

Gen Jaruzelski led Poland from 1981, when he declared martial law and ordered the arrest of the pro-democracy Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.

But he lifted martial law two years later and after growing unrest was forced to negotiate with Solidarity in 1989.

He had been in ill health for some time.


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` Russian Energy Minster and EU Energy Commissioner Meet in Berlin Agenda Urkraine Gas Debt ‘

#AceWorldNews – EUROPEAN COMMISSION – May 19 – Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger met at the European Commission agency in Berlin on Monday.

They were there to decide on a date and place for the second round of three-party negotiations on Ukrainian debt for Russian gas.

Delegations from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union held the first round of talks in Warsaw on May 2 but failed to come to an agreement.

The gas price for Ukraine rose to $485.50 (€353.94) per 1,000 cubic metres starting from April 1 after Russia annulled two discounts earlier granted to the country.

According to Gazprom, Ukraine’s outstanding gas debt to Russia as of April 30 amounted to $3.5bn (€2.5bn).



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#AceWorldNews BRUSSELS May 07 The European Commission will…

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – May 07- The European Commission will hold a joint session with representatives of the Ukrainian parliament-appointed authorities in Brussels on June 13 to discuss a range of issues concerning the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the commission’s president said on Wednesday.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the issue of energy security in Ukraine would be the priority on the agenda of the planned session next month.

The official said the European Commission continues its work on resolving the situation with energy security in Ukraine, taking into account a recently held trilateral meeting in Poland’s Warsaw.

The meeting in Warsaw on May 2 involved representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union and focused on issues of the Russian natural gas transit via Ukraine as well as on Ukraine’s gas debt to Russia.


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` Polish Investigators of TU-154 Passenger Plane Crash that Killed ` Lech Kaczynski ‘ Rule out a Bomb Explosion ‘

#AceWorldNews – WARSAW- April 08- According to ITAR-TASS/ – Polish prosecutors will likely close their investigation next year into the 2010 plane crash which killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 other passengers in western Russia.

“We are trying to draw the time limits for our investigation, and they become clearer every day. A few months – this is the most appropriate deadline,” Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet told a radio station on Tuesday.

Seremet said the investigation, probing into a crash which downed the TU-154 aircraft near the Russian city of Smolensk, should be wound up in 2015 though inquiries continued in both Russia and Poland and no deadline had been set.

Polish authorities may even close the case if they failed to have the aircraft wreckage repatriated, Seremet added.

Investigators had ruled out the possibility of a bomb explosion on board and no further accusations might be made, the general said, adding that technical failure and pilot error remained suspected causes.


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` US Military are Planning large scale ` War Games ‘ in ` Poland ‘ comes three days after visit by Biden ‘

#AceWorldNews – The United States military are planning large scale war games in Poland, which would involve troops from several eastern European states, the American ambassador to the country, Stephen Mull, said.

Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) will be participating in drills, together with the Americans, Mull told Radio ZET.

Lask airbase in central Poland has been selected as the venue for the military exercise, the ambassador said, refraining from saying when it was scheduled for.

Mull’s announcement comes just three days after US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the Polish capital of Warsaw.

Biden’s trip was aimed at reassuring that America remains a “steadfast ally” to Poland and the Baltic States after they expressed anxiety over the events in the Crimea, which signed a treaty of accession to the Russian Federation on Tuesday.

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` Joe Biden visits ` Poland ‘ in a Bid to Reassure their Allies that the `US ‘ will stand-up to ` Russia’s ‘ Aggression in the `Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – Warsaw – Stepping into a region on edge, Vice President Joe Biden came to Poland on Tuesday to reassure anxious allies that the U.S. will stand up to Russia’s aggression in neighbouring Ukraine, even as Moscow brushed aside stern warnings from the West and signed a treaty to annex Crimea.

Even as Biden arrived in Warsaw, Russian President Vladimir Putin was moving fast ahead with plans to absorb Crimea into its orbit, flouting fresh sanctions the U.S. and Europe imposed a day earlier.

In a fiery speech in Moscow, Putin lambasted the West for sowing unrest in Ukraine.

AP – Russian Media Sources


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UN: All The Talk and No Action are the “Watchwords” as the Latest Climate Talks End

#AceWorldNews says the United Nations-led climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, concluded today with an agreement that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called an important stepping stone towards a universal legal agreement in 2015.

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Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 relative to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Secretary-General welcomes the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference that concluded today in Warsaw and he congratulates Poland for successfully hosting the Conference,” his spokesperson said in a <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7302“>statement.

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Kyoto Protocol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The deal hammered out today ends two-weeks of talks between diplomats and environment experts representing more than 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

For the first time, the talks, which are also known as the Conference of the Parties or COP-19, included participation from the private sector, with a UN-business forum held on its sidelines.

The agreement lays the groundwork for a legally binding treaty to be adopted in 2015, and enter force by 2020, which would cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.

In today’s statement, Mr. Ban welcomed the Parties’ decision “to intensify immediate actions to fight climate change” and to come forward with their national contributions to the agreement well before its finalization in 2015.

The talks were made all the more urgent by the devastation in Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands of people and affected 13.25 million overall just as participants were arriving in Poland.

Today’s deal comes one year before the 2014 Climate Summit that Mr. Ban said he would convene in New York in September during the General Assembly.

Mr. Ban has asked world leaders, as well as leaders from business, finance, local government and civil society, to bring bold announcements and actions that will lead to significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and strengthened adaptation and resilience efforts, his spokesperson said in reference to the 2014 summit.

“Much more needs to be done over the coming two years to achieve the ambitious agreement necessary to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius,” the spokesperson said in the statement.

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