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PACE co-rapporteurs for Poland express their concern about the Polish Law on the State Commission for Investigating Russian Influences

Sejm, Warsaw, Poland

Azadeh Rojhan (Sweden, SOC) and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Poland by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have expressed their deep concerns about the adoption by the Polish Sejm of the Law on “the State Commission for Investigating Russian Influences on the Internal Security of the Republic of Poland from 2007 to 2022” .

“As rapporteurs for the honouring of membership obligations to the Council of Europe by Poland, we are especially concerned about the possible impact of this law on the democratic nature of the upcoming elections, as well as about the serious questions with regard to the compatibility of this law with European principles and norms for due process and the rule of law”, they said.

On proposal of the two co-rapporteurs, the Monitoring Committee agreed to consider at its next meeting a request to the Venice Commission for an urgent opinion on this law. In the meanwhile the rapporteurs urge the members of the Sejm not to appoint any members to the State Commission established by this law until the opinion of the Venice Commission has been received and its possible concerns addressed.