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  • 2 March 2016

    After the press published the Venice Commission’s draft opinion on amendments to the Act on the Constitutional Court, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski addressed a letter to Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

    “It is with utmost concern that I am drawing your attention to a regrettable development which has taken place in the framework of  co-operation between the Polish Government and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe,” Minister Waszczykowski writes in his letter of 29 February.

     

    The minister points out that according to established procedure a draft opinion of the Venice Commission “as a restricted document should be accessible to a clearly defined number of stakeholders,” while the Polish Government’s remarks on the document should be taken into account by the Commission “before the final text is adopted and made public.” The chief of Polish diplomacy further underlines that some media outlets, by publishing this material of the Venice Commission and using incorrect expressions, conveyed the wrong impression that the draft reflected the views of all Commission members.

     

    “I regret to say that the Venice Commission has been unscrupulously used for political purposes, even before its work has been concluded,” writes Minister Witold Waszczykowski.

     

    Below you can read the full  text of the letter by chief of Polish diplomacy Witold Waszczykowski to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.

     

     

    Artur Dmochowski

    MFA Press Spokesman

     

     

    Minister Waszczykowski's letter (page 1)

    Minister Waszczykowski's letter (page 2)

     

     

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