President Andrzej Duda signed an application to extend the state of emergency at the border with Belarus for another 60 days. Now it will go to the Sejm, which also has to give its consent. The state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in the border zone with Belarus in part of the Lubelskie and Podlaskie voivodeships.
– As announced, the president today signed an application to the Sejm for consent to extend the state of emergency by 60 days. The application will be submitted to the Speaker of the Sejm and most likely tomorrow it will be presented to parliamentarians and put to the vote, said Paweł Soloch, head of the National Security Bureau.
He added that the president, by submitting the motion, shared the arguments of the government on the need to extend the state of emergency.
– We are dealing with a persistent threat to citizens and public order in border areas. Data from recent days show that we must even talk about an escalation of migratory pressure to the border. Another new element is the dangerous, provocative behavior of the Belarusian services towards Polish soldiers and officers, he said.
– Our assessments unfortunately show that we are facing a long-term deterioration of the security situation on the entire border of the European Union with Belarus, that is also in the territory of Lithuania and Latvia. This is related to the increasing dependence of the Belarusian government on Russia. This is a new reality against which both border states and the community will be forced to build a response, stressed the head of the National Security Bureau.
The Sejm will consider the president’s motion to extend the state of emergency by 60 days in some of the Lubelskie and Podlaskie voivodeships on Thursday evening.
The state of emergency at the border with Belarus
The state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in the border zone with Belarus in part of the Lubelskie and Podlaskie voivodeships. It was introduced for 30 days by a presidential ordinance issued at the request of the government.
Among other things, the media are not allowed to work in the area covered by the state of emergency. All information from this area is communicated to the public by official agents.
Main photo source: PAP / Andrzej Lange