Establishment of State Committee for the Examination of Russian Impacts on internal Security in Poland

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Information Guide concerning the setting up in 2023 of a National Committee to investigate Russian political influence in Poland.

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Poland's Parliament adopted on 26 May 2023 a Bill seeking to establish a commission aimed at investigating Russian political influence in the country between 2007 and 2022. This period covers the government led by the Civic Platform (PO) party led by Donald Tusk, as well as the incumbent cabinets led by Law and Justice (PiS) party. The vote overturned the Senate's initial rejection of the proposed legislation, and it was followed by the formal endorsement of the country's President on 30 May.

The establishment of this commission was met with concern and criticism both within borders and among allies in the Western world. The government's opposition deemed it a political witch hunt aimed at hurting it ahead of parliamentary elections later in the year.

The European Commission showed concerns over the use of this law to prevent individuals to run for public office, without fair trial. On 8 June, an infringement procedure (INFR(2023)2088) was launched against Poland - through a letter of formal notice - for violations of EU law in regard to this committee.

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Euro|topics, May 2023: Poland sets up controversial investigative commission
TIME Magazine, 31/05/2023: The Real Reason Behind Poland's Controversial New 'Russian Influence Law'
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Deutsche Welle, 26/05/2023: Poland passes contentious bill to examine Russian influence
Politico, 27/05/2023: Polish opposition denounces new commission to probe Russian influence
Notes from Poland, 27/05/2023: Polish parliament passes bill to create commission investigating Russian influence
Politico, 30/05/2023: EU blasts Poland over Russian interference law
BBC News, 30/05/2023: Polish probe into 'Russian influence' angers EU
RTÉ News, 30/05/2023: Concerns over Poland's 'Russian influence' committee
Euronews, 30/05/2023: Brussels and Washington raise concerns about Poland's new law to probe cases of 'Russian influence'
Radio Poland, 30/05/2023: 'Russian influence on Poland's domestic security requires thorough investigation': foreign ministry
Associated Press (AP News), 30/05/2023: US and EU criticize Polish plans for law that could keep opposition from holding office
Bloomberg, 31/05/2023: Poland’s Leader Pushes Back Against US Rebuke of Russian Probe
Le Monde, 31/05/2023: Brussels and Washington condemn Poland's controversial inquiry commission
Associated Press (AP News), 02/06/2023: Poland’s president proposes urgent amendments to law on Russian influence
Euronews, 03/06/2023: Polish President Andrzej Duda offers changes to law on 'Russian influence' amid growing criticism
Euronews, 07/06/2023: The European Commission launches legal action against Poland over 'Russian influence' law
Politico, 07/06/2023: EU sues Poland after blowback over Kremlin influence law
EurActiv, 08/06/2023: EU launches case against Poland over ‘Russian influence’ panel

US Department of State: Press Release, 29/05/2023: Concerns Over Potential use of New Polish Legislation to Target Opposition
European Commission: Statement by the European Commission on the Polish law establishing a State Committee for the Examination of Russian Impacts on internal Security (30 May 2023)
Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: MFA statement on our allies' opinions and remarks regarding our national legislation (30 May 2023)
European Commission: Press Release, 08/06/2023: Rule of Law: Commission launches infringement procedure against Poland for violating EU law with the new law establishing a special committee

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