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Lex Tusk. Debate in the European Parliament. “The most serious situation we have seen not in months, but in years”

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The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament discussed, among other things, the “lex Tusk” act during an “urgent” debate on Monday. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said the European Commission had received it with “great concern”. – This is probably the most serious situation we have seen not for months, but for years – said EPP MEP Vladimir Bilčik. – I express my absolute indignation that the internal affairs of my country are being interfered with without any treaty basis – said Beata Kempa from PiS.

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) organized on Monday in European Parliament “an urgent debate on recent developments regarding the rule of law situation in Poland”.

Dutch MEP Jeroen Lenaers, starting the discussion, said that “three months after our previous debate on the situation in Poland in the field of the judiciary, we are gathering once again for an urgent debate to talk about the situation in Poland once again”. He reported that the topics are this time changes in the Polish Electoral Codethe law on the establishment of a commission for the study of Russian influence, called “lex tusk”and amendment to the law on the Supreme Court, which got stuck in the Constitutional Tribunal.

About “lex Tusk” in the European ParliamentPAP/EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

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Reynders: unprecedented powers to interfere in the democratic process

Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice, was the first to speak. – The situation regarding the rule of law in Poland is still very problematic – he said. – I want to start with the recently adopted act establishing a commission for examining Russian influence in Poland in the years 2007-2022. This is a decision that the Commission adopted with great concern, because this act creates a special investigative commission that will investigate whether there was a violation of internal security in Poland in the years 2007-2022 – he said.

– It gives a purely administrative body unprecedented powers to interfere in the democratic process. European Commission decided last week initiate an infringement procedure against Poland. The Commission considers that this new law unduly interferes with the democratic process. We gave Poland 21 calendar days to respond to our formal letter. If Poland does not respond to the Commission’s letter, we can continue the infringement procedure and it can be started very quickly, so that it is an effective process, he explained.

Didier Reynders: The rule of law situation in Poland is still very problematic TVN24

MEP: This is the most serious situation we have seen not for months, but for years

MEP from the European People’s Party, Vladimir Bilčik, said it was important that “we are talking about these devastating consequences of the law that talks about the creation of a commission on Russian influence in Poland.”

“We support this infringement procedure,” an EPP representative said.

He also asked Reynders a question. – Will the committee ask the Court of Justice to suspend the operation of the committee verifying Russian influences as an interim measure? Because it is necessary to ensure a democratic electoral process, he assessed.

“Right now, we have serious concerns because this is probably the most serious situation we’ve seen, not in months, but in years,” he added.

EP debate, thread "lex Tusk".  MEP: This is the most serious situation we have seen not for months, but for years

Debate in the EP, topic “lex Tusk”. MEP: This is the most serious situation we have seen not for months, but for years

Jaki: You say there is no judicial review. Of course it is

PiS MEP Patrick’s Day (European Conservatives and Reformists) claimed that lies were told during the debate. – You say there is no judicial review of this new commission. Of course it is, you just need to read this law – he said.

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“The Commissioner is known to be politically committed to using his influence to change the government in Poland,” he continued. “I believe the time will come when people will be judged for this,” he added.

Jaki: You say there is no judicial review.  Of course it is

Jaki: You say there is no judicial review. Of course it isTVN24

The MEP echoed him PIS Beata Kempa: – I express my absolute indignation that the internal affairs of my country are being interfered with without any treaty basis. In my country, citizens have the right to know what Russian influence looked like, how the agents worked, who the Russian and Soviet agents reached, and what public officials. (…) For us, it is a question of our sovereignty and freedom, she said.

Halicki: We will do it on the basis of Polish law, not Bolshevik law

As the MEP pointed out AFTER Andrzej Halicki (EPP), “Polish society not only has the right to know, but will know who and how contributed to the dependence of the Polish economy on Russian coal.” – Who and why decides that even today Russian oil is bought, who and why lobbied for Russian capital in the chemical industry – he enumerated.

– But we will do it on the basis of Polish law, not the whims of the president (PiS, Jarosław – ed.) Kaczyński and Bolshevik law – he declared.

Halicki: We will do it on the basis of Polish law, not Bolshevik law

Halicki: We will do it on the basis of Polish law, not Bolshevik lawTVN24

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/JULIEN WARNAND



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