Deputy Speaker of the Sejm, Ryszard Terlecki, accustomed us to the fact that he treats deputies very badly, that he treats the media in a rude and arrogant way, but this thin line of dealing with people in such a way has been crossed – said Barbara Nowacka, a member of the Civic Coalition, in an interview with TVN24, commenting on the recording on which Terlecki calls a resident of Krakow “a moron”. Nowacka added that an application will be submitted to the Deputies’ Ethics Committee regarding the behavior of the deputy marshal.
Barbara Nowacka, a member of the Civic Coalition, published on Friday evening on her Twitter profile the recording of Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Ryszard Terlecki calls a resident of Krakow a “moron”. It was his reaction to the attention of a woman when she told a Law and Justice politician that “what is happening in the country, what you do to women is simply reprehensible.” The situation took place in one of Krakow’s shopping centers.
– I would just like to say that what is happening in the country, what you do to women, is simply reprehensible – he says on the recording, addressing Ryszard Terlecki.
– You’re a moron – replies her deputy marshal.
– The author of this film is Ms Magda, who, together with her sister, Ms Joanna, were in one of Krakow’s shopping malls. They saw the marshal and decided that they cannot help but tell him what they think about what is happening to Polish women – Barbara Nowacka explained in an interview with TVN24 on Saturday.
Nowacka: we address a request to the Deputies’ Ethics Committee
She called the deputy marshal’s behavior “shocking”. – Terlecki used to get used to the fact that he treats deputies disastrously, that he treats the media in a rude and arrogant way, but this thin line of dealing with people in this way has been exceeded – she assessed.
A deputy of the Civic Coalition informed that she had submitted a request to the Deputies’ Ethics Committee on this matter. – A person who speaks to the sovereign in this way should not be a marshal, should be punished in an exemplary manner. We also expect strong reactions from the PiS state, both from the marshal [Sejmu, Elżbiety – przyp. red.] Witek, who should discipline her colleague, the co-marshal, and from the PiS club, said Nowacka.
She assessed that “Terlecki made a name for himself with shoes and arrogance.” – Maybe a bit of reflection will appear to PiS politicians – she added.
What can the Deputies’ Ethics Committee do?
The Deputies’ Ethics Committee operating in the Sejm and consisting of deputies deals with the assessment and possible imposition of penalties on deputies whose behavior or statements violate the Rules of the Sejm. The rules of ethical behavior of parliamentarians are determined by a resolution. If the committee comes to the conclusion that the deputy has breached the rules of ethics, it may punish him. Article 147 of the Rules of Procedure of the Sejm allows her to draw the attention of a deputy, to reprimand him or to reprimand him.
1. The committee, after examining the matter and finding a violation by a deputy of the “Principles of Deputies’ Ethics”, may, by resolution: 1) draw the deputy’s attention, 2) admonish the deputy, 3) reprimand the deputy. 2. The resolutions of the Committee shall be made public.
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