EU and US Express Concerns Over Polish Law Targeting Opposition with ‘Russian Influence’ Committee

…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media. The European Union and the United States have raised concerns regarding a new Polish law that establishes a committee to investigate “Russian influence.”

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Critics argue that the Polish government intends to exploit this committee to target opposition figures.

Both the EU and the US have expressed apprehensions about the potential consequences of this legislation.

EU’s Special Concern and Potential Consequences:

The committee’s powers to bar citizens from holding public office have particularly alarmed the European Union.

Didier Reynders, the EU’s justice commissioner, emphasized the EU’s special concern about the committee and its potential impact on independent judges in Poland.

Reynders stated that the European Commission would not hesitate to take appropriate measures if necessary.

US State Department’s Worries:

The US State Department issued a separate statement expressing its concern over the newly passed Polish legislation.

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The department highlighted the potential misuse of the law to interfere with Poland’s free and fair elections.

It also echoed the concerns raised by many observers that the committee’s establishment could be used to unjustly block opposition politicians from running for office without due process.

Signing of the Controversial Law:

Despite the mounting criticisms, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed the bill into law on Monday.

This action has intensified the controversy surrounding the legislation, with the opposition denouncing it as “anti-constitutional” and “Stalinist” in nature.

Scope and Penalties of the Commission:

The commission, consisting of nine members appointed by the lower house of parliament, will investigate individuals suspected of succumbing to Russian influence between 2007 and 2022.

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The committee holds the authority to impose severe penalties on those found guilty.

However, concerns have been raised as the government has not established any provisions for an appeals process.

Consequently, individuals deemed guilty could face a 10-year ban from public positions related to public finances and classified information.

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Conclusion:

The new Polish law establishing a committee to probe “Russian influence” has prompted concerns from the European Union and the United States.

Both entities worry about the potential misuse of this committee to target opposition figures and interfere with democratic processes.

As the controversy deepens, the implications of this legislation on independent judges and the lack of an appeals process for those found guilty raise significant concerns about due process and individual rights.

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About the Author:

Roland Peterson is a seasoned and experienced writer with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a special interest in news and has been writing about current events for many years. When he’s not busy writing, Roland enjoys spending time in nature and can often be found exploring the great outdoors. He also loves to relax and unwind by sipping coffee at his favorite coffee shop (Manhattan Espresso) while brainstorming ideas for his next article on TDPel Media. Roland is a dedicated writer who is passionate about delivering informative and engaging content to his readers. He lives in New York, USA.

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