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BezKitu campaign. Dispute in the Constitutional Tribunal and funds from KPO. Michał Wawrykiewicz and Katarzyna Kwiatkowska comment

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Prosecutor Katarzyna Kwiatkowska and attorney Michał Wawrykiewicz discussed the funds from the National Reconstruction Plan and the bill that was stuck in the Constitutional Tribunal, which is to start the payment of these funds.

It is in the Constitutional Court conflict over the term of office of president Julia Przyłębska. At the end of 2022, some lawyers, including former judges of the Constitutional Tribunal, indicated that Przyłębska’s term of office expires after six years, i.e. on December 20, 2022, and that she will not be able to apply for this function again. At the beginning of March, a spokeswoman for the Constitutional Tribunal announced that the General Assembly of Constitutional Tribunal Judges adopted a resolution on Wednesday stating that there were no grounds for convening an assembly to select candidates for the President of the Tribunal.

The dispute in the Court was once again publicized when in February the president Andrzej Duda decided refer the law on the Supreme Court and other courts to the Constitutional Tribunalon which entry into force the payment of funds for KPO depends. This case has not yet been dealt with by the Court.

The situation in the Constitutional Tribunal and the funds from the National Reconstruction Plan were discussed on Friday by the guests of Radomir Wit’s “#BezKitu Campaign” – the president of the “Lex Super Omnia” Prosecutors’ Association, prosecutor Katarzyna Kwiatkowska and attorney Michał Wawrykiewicz on the initiative of Free Courts.

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Attorney Michał Wawrykiewicz and prosecutor Katarzyna Kwiatkowska in the program “Kampania #BezKitu”TVN24

Wawrykiewicz: In the Tribunal there is only a struggle for influence, for power

According to Wawrykiewicz, “there is still a long way to go until the president would possibly sign this bill”. – We have a so-called Constitutional Court, there is a gigantic conflict in this quasi-Tribunal, which reflects the political crisis in the ruling camp. Because we have at least two camps in the Julia Przyłębska Tribunal: the Przyłębska camp and the (Zbigniew) Ziobro he noted.

In his opinion, dealing with the case referred to the Tribunal by the president is “impossible”. – Because there is still a group of rebels led by an understudy (judge Mariusz) Muszyński, who does not recognize the presidency of Julia Przyłębska. Anyway, he rightly does not recognize it, but not for the reasons he talks about – pointed out the lawyer. – We will not find any noble motives in this organ. There is only a struggle for influence, a struggle for power, he assessed.

A split in the Constitutional TribunalTVN24

Kwiatkowska: who is to control how the funds that will come to Poland are spent, since there is no independent prosecutor’s office?

Commenting on the funds from KPO, Kwiatkowska assessed that the “money for the rule of law” mechanism is “extremely important”. – Who is to control the way of spending the funds that will come to Poland, since there is no independent prosecutor’s office? she asked.

She reminded here that the Polish prosecutor’s office does not cooperate with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. – If there was a prosecutor delegated to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, he would be independent of Mr. Ziobro, and Mr. Ziobro controls everything – she said.

Kwiatkowska: who is to control how funds from the KPO are spent, since there is no independent prosecutor’s office?TVN24

Questions were asked by Katarzyna Cłapińska from the Constitutional Law Research Group “Legislator” at the University of Warsaw and student Nikodem Kaczprzak from the Youth Parliament of the Republic of Poland.

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