Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in The Hague on Wednesday. When asked about “lex Tusk”, a Dutch politician admitted that this law could be aimed at individual politicians. In turn, Prime Minister Morawiecki argued that verification of Russia’s influence should take place throughout Europe.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Morawiecki went to The Hague, where he met with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte. During the press conference, the prime ministers were asked about the rule of law in Poland and about the signature signed by the president Andrzej Duda on Monday, an act establishing a commission to study Russian influence in Poland and the impact of these issues on mutual relations.
Earlier in the European Parliament, during the vote in the plenary hall, it was decided to include the debate on “lex Tusk” on the agenda.
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Prime Minister Rutte stated that “difficult topics” are also discussed in the talks, such as the situation of Polish workers in the Netherlands. – The independence of the courts is of course a great concern, and we can see here that Poland has taken some steps – he said, pointing to the law on the Supreme Court sent to the Constitutional Tribunal by President Andrzej Duda, which regulates matters related to the responsibility of judges. “Here, some of these concerns will certainly be resolved,” he said.
Referring to the issue of the commission for Russian influence, Rutte stressed that “of course Poland has the right to prepare such a law”. – We are interested in these fears that it may be about individual politicians. We’re talking about that too,” he said.
“Ultimately, it’s not something we can judge,” Rutte said. – European Commission will have to do that,” he explained. The head of the Dutch government, however, called on the Polish prime minister to “protect and strengthen the foundations of European cooperation.”
Morawiecki about “lex Tusk”
Prime Minister Morawiecki argued that the verification of receipts Russia should take place all over Europe. That would certainly be a very smart move. It is not difficult for colleagues from Western Europe to imagine how strongly Russian propaganda is present, how strong its fake news is – he said.
“Checking and verifying Russian influence, Russian propaganda, spies and agents of influence is very important,” added the head of the Polish government.
– As for the last act, there are no threats that any person who will be subject to this verification will be deprived of the possibility to stand as a candidate in, for example, elections to the Sejm – assured the Prime Minister.
We want to remove any doubts. In my opinion, they are not justified. I would like to say that every decision of the commission will be subject to the final decision of an independent, independent court: not one, but two instances, so there is no threat that this commission may have a political trial and the next elections, Morawiecki added.
PiS voted for “lex Tusk”
The Sejm passed the act on the establishment of the State Commission for the Study of Russian Influences on the Internal Security of the Republic of Poland in the years 2007-2022 on April 14. The initiative for its appointment came in December last year from the Law and Justice deputies. They pointed out that the commission is to function on principles similar to the functioning of the verification commission for the reprivatization of Warsaw.
On May 11, the Senate adopted a resolution to reject the act on the establishment of this commission. Last Friday, the Sejm voted against the Senate’s resolution.
On Monday, the law was signed by President Andrzej Duda. It was published in the Journal of Laws on Tuesday. The law went into effect on Wednesday.
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