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Polish financial regulator denies corruption; PM demands answers

Poland’s prime minister on Tuesday demanded an urgent explanation after a report alleged that the head of the financial market regulator had asked one of the country’s richest men for a bribe.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has summoned Marek Chrzanowski, the head of Poland’s Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), to a meeting on Wednesday, a senior official said.

The Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported on Tuesday that Chrzanowski had allegedly offered favourable treatment to Leszek Czarnecki, the owner of Getin Bank, in return for about PLN 40 million (EUR 9.3 million, USD 10.5 million).

The Financial Supervision Authority denied that Chrzanowski had made such an offer and claimed that the report by Gazeta Wyborcza was untrue.

In a statement, the authority said Chrzanowski had “taken legal steps in connection with false accusations put forward by Mr. Czarnecki and in connection with defamation” aimed at undermining public trust in the head of the financial market regulator.

Michał Dworczyk, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that “there will be no leniency” if the allegations against Chrzanowski prove true.

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