We will not do anything that would undermine trust in the Polish state, announced the leader of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, when asked about the application to the Tribunal of State against the president of the National Bank of Poland, Adam Glapiński. He noted that a decision on this matter would still be made. Marshal of the Sejm Szymon Hołownia added that each such motion should be carefully considered.
Donald Tusk, candidate for prime minister and leader of the Civic Platform, announced a few days ago that there is a majority in the Sejm to bring the president of the National Bank of Poland before the Tribunal of State (CJ). For Adam Glapiński to appear before the Constitutional Tribunal, 115 MPs must submit a motion to the Speaker of the Sejm and then vote on it. A resolution to bring to justice before the State Tribunal, among others, The President of the National Bank of Poland takes decisions by the Sejm by an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of Deputies. The new KO-PSL-Polska 2050-New Left coalition has 248 MPs. A few days ago, a new banner appeared at the headquarters of the National Bank of Poland (NBP). This time it concerns the bank’s work. “All NBP activities are legal and meet the highest international standards,” it says.
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Hołownia: Mr. Glapiński’s activities should be looked at very closely and carefully”
During a joint briefing, the Speaker of the Sejm Szymon Hołownia and PO leader Donald Tusk were asked about the motion PIS to the Constitutional Tribunal. Hołownia admitted “how nice it is to see how wonderfully the Constitutional Tribunal is now working under the leadership of Mrs. Julia Przyłębska.”
– Postponing the proceedings, they couldn’t get together, they were debating whether they had a majority in their group or not, and suddenly when they started working, it was – if nothing else – a fourteen-day government Mateusz Morawiecki – they fill you with laws, travel around Poland, talk to nurses – he ironized. – It’s really worth winning these elections to see how hard the job is now – he added. – We will have to think about it very carefully, because submitting an application against anyone to the State Tribunal is a very serious thing – admitted the Marshal of the Sejm. He noted that “the costs and benefits of such a move must be weighed.”
– I have said many times that, in my personal opinion, the activities of Mr. Glapiński in this position should be looked at very closely and carefully, but allow us to make decisions on this matter together, after consultations and after weighing all the pros and cons, and not with the circumstances of these wonderful press briefings – added Hołownia.
Donald Tusk: nervousness around Mr. Glapiński has its justification
Tusk cooled down his emotions. – A few days ago, I informed because a question was asked about a possible State Tribunal for President Kaczyński and President Duda – recalled the PO leader.
– I, truthfully, said that when it comes to the political realities in this house, there is no majority to bring former PiS ministers, prime ministers and presidents before the State Tribunal and that there are institutions such as National Broadcasting CouncilNational Bank of Poland, where the required majority to be brought before the State Tribunal is lower and such a potential possibility exists, but it is a necessary condition, but not the only one, not the most important one – he added.
Donald Tusk said that “as Mr. Marshal Hołownia noted, our common task is to care for the reputation and stability of institutions in Poland and the Central Bank, NBP, is one of the institutions that require special care and attention.”
– I have no doubt – we will not do anything that would disturb stability or undermine the reputation of the Polish state in Europe and abroad – he added. – This is one of my main tasks, so that both Europe and the world can see that the time of taking democratic standards and law seriously has returned here – he noted. – We will not do anything that would in the slightest undermine confidence in the Polish state – he said. Tusk admitted that he did not want to get ahead of the facts.
– It seems to me that this nervousness around Mr. Glapiński has its justification. Not in our announcements or decisions, because we are still ahead of them. The nervousness around Mr. Glapiński results from the awareness of the things he did while holding this office and that is why we will very calmly wait for the time when we will make decisions about the president together – he added.
Requirements for submitting an application to the State Tribunal
A motion to be brought before the Court of Justice may be submitted to the Sejm by the president or at least 115 deputies. The application is submitted to the Sejm Committee on Constitutional Responsibility. The Committee for Constitutional Responsibility presents a report on its work to the Sejm along with a motion to bring the person to justice before the State Tribunal or to discontinue the proceedings. A resolution to bring to justice before the State Tribunal, among others, The President of the National Bank of Poland takes decisions by the Sejm by an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of Deputies. A resolution to bring to justice before the State Tribunal, among others, The Prime Minister and members of the Council of Ministers are adopted by the Sejm by a majority of 3/5 of the statutory number of deputies (276). Civic Coalition, Trzecia Droga (PSL and Polska 250) and the Left – have a total of 248 seats in the Sejm
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