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EU takes Poland to court over new law on political influence

Brussels, Jun 7 (EFE) The European Union (EU) will initiate infringement proceedings against Poland for creating a commission to investigate alleged Russian influence on national governments, Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the EU executive, said today.

The new regulation is of concern in Brussels for its possible instrumentalization against the opposition to the current Polish conservative executive, headed by former Prime Minister Donald Tusk (2007 and 2014).

The process is described as expeditious considering that the first concerns of Brussels on the subject were expressed last Tuesday, when Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders declared that it was impossible to agree “with a system without real access to justice, without an independent judge against an administrative decision”.

In a letter sent to Warsaw, the Belgian politician expressed that the new law raises serious doubts as to its compliance with EU law, as it grants significant powers to an administrative body that could be used to disqualify people from public office.

For his part, Tusk described as a witch-hunt that violates the Constitution the commission that would investigate the alleged Russian influence in the governments he presided over and that would have extraordinary powers to search, interrogate and punish anyone who had held public office in those years.