France and Germany say Poland must abide by EU rules

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A police officer stands outside Poland's Constitutional Tribunal building, as people attend a demonstration during a session of the tribunal, ruling on whether several articles of EU Treaties comply with the Polish Constitution, in Warsaw, Poland September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel//File Photo

Poland has a legal and moral obligation as a member of the European Union to abide by the bloc's rules completely and unconditionally, the foreign ministers of France and Germany said in a joint statement issued on Friday.

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal on Thursday ruled that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution, undermining the legal pillar on which the 27-nation EU stands, and prompting expressions of dismay from politicians across Europe.

The joint statement, issued by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his German counterpart Heiko Maas, said the ministers had taken note of the Polish tribunal's decision.

"We remind you that membership of the European Union goes hand in hand with a complete and unconditional adherence to common values and rules," the statement said.

"It is incumbent on each member, and therefore of course on Poland, which occupies a vital place within the European Union, to respect these rules and values."

"This is not simply a moral commitment. It is also a legal commitment," the statement said.

(Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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