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Venice Commission visit not important: PiS club leader

The head of the parliamentary club of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has said that the government does not attach much importance to a two-day visit by the Venice Commission to Poland.

“The visit of the Venice Commission in Warsaw is very much a holiday tour. We do not attach particular importance to it. All that we had to tell the Commission, we already have,” Ryszard Terlecki, head of the PiS parliamentary club, told journalists on Monday.

The Venice Commission, an international watchdog and advisory group to human rights body the Council of Europe, on Monday started a two-day visit to Poland to probe the rule of law in the country.

The focus of the Commission’s investigation is “the Act on the Constitutional Tribunal adopted by the Sejm this summer,” the Venice Commission said in a statement.

“The programme of the visit includes meetings at the Supreme Court, Parliament, the Ministry of Justice, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Ombudsman and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister,” the statement read.

Terlecki said on Monday: “I had earlier met the members of the Commission, and had mixed feelings. The members of the Commission were not really prepared for those talks when I took part. I had the impression that they did not even know which country they were in.”

He added that at the time some members of the Commission were not really aware of what their visit was for.

This is the third visit of the Venice Commission to Poland following the parliamentary elections in October, where PiS won a majority in parliament.

On Sunday, the head of the PiS party, Jarosław Kaczyński, said that the issue of the visit of the Venice Commission to Poland is an event of “no importance”. He said that the lack of objectivity of the Commission, and its decision to “ignore Polish law” requires this body to be treated with “considerable reserve”.


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