- Trzaskowski will appear in a week’s time at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House of Representatives for Europe, Energy, Environment and Cybernetics
- The president of the capital is to say, inter alia, on freedom of speech and the situation of the judiciary in Poland, as well as on the migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border
- This is the second debate in the US Congress on the situation in our country in a month
- More similar information can be found on the Onet homepage
Rafał Trzaskowski will appear at the headquarters of the US Congress on Thursday, December 2 this year. He was invited to a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House of Representatives for Europe, Energy, Environment and Cybernetics.
Trzaskowski: I want to provide the fullest possible picture of the situation in Poland
His speech is to be devoted to the assessment of the condition of democracy and the state of the rule of law as well as the protection of human rights in Central and Eastern Europe. The planned discussion is to cover the issues of the rule of law, freedom of speech and the situation of the justice system in Poland. Congressmen are also interested in the construction of Nord Stream 2 and the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.
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Trzaskowski’s speech will be combined with questions about the situation in our part of Europe. Before the hearing, the Mayor of Warsaw intends to hold a series of consultations with experts.
– I will devote the next few days to working out a position that will be a common voice of many circles on the condition of Polish democracy. I do not want to present only my opinion, but to convey to the representatives of the country in which modern democracy was born, as complete a picture of the situation in our country as possible – Rafał Trzaskowski tells Onet.
The mayor of Warsaw has planned the first consultation meeting for next Monday. He will meet representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights – this is the OSCE institution dealing with the protection of human rights.
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The Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, Environment and Cybernetics is made up of representatives from both Democrats and Republicans. This year, its members have already expressed their views on the situation in Poland. In August this year. chairman Bill Keating (from the Democratic Party) and vice-chairman Brian Fitzpatrick (from the Republican Party) signed a statement in which they warned against the adoption of the amended media law (the so-called lex TVN) by the Sejm, emphasizing that it would fit in with the “disturbing trend concerning independent media in Poland “.
Other founders of the Pact of Free Cities will also appear
Apart from Rafał Trzaskowski, the authorities of Budapest, Prague and Bratislava will also be heard. It’s not a coincidence. All four are signatories to the Pact of Free Cities. The aim of this initiative is to promote cooperation and the shared values of democracy, freedom, human dignity, sustainable development and the fight against populism, nationalism, the climate crisis, and social inequality and stratification.
The Free Cities Pact was signed in December 2019 by the mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hříb, the mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony and Matúš Vallo in December 2019. This quickly gained the attention of the foreign press. The Guardian called the four mayors and presidents “an island in an illiberal storm.”
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Despite the fact that the authorities come from various political backgrounds, they ran for office in order to present their inhabitants with a better management model. In their opinion, the division between East and West on European issues concerning, inter alia, integration is artificial. In their view, the inhabitants of progressive, liberal urban areas undoubtedly support the European Union, even in countries that have traditionally opposed integration and cooperation.
In September this year. at the summit in Budapest, another 20 cities from around the world joined the initiative of the authorities of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Mannheim, Paris, Podgorica, Rijeka, Stuttgart, Taipej , Taoyuan, Tirana, Ulm, Neu-Ulm, Zagreb and Vienna. Thus, the Pact spread not only to the rest of Europe, but also to Asia and the USA.
This is another debate in Congress on democracy in Poland and Hungary
It is not the first time in recent times that the state of democracy in Poland and Hungary has been discussed by American congressmen. November 3, the so-called The Helsinki Commission at the US Congress organized a special hearing on the erosion of democracy in Hungary and Poland. Three rapporteurs presented their expert opinions on the state of democracy in both countries before the congressmen. Congressmen during the deliberations asked what the US government could do in this matter.
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Senator Ben Cardin said that “in Poland and Hungary we see a weakening of democratic freedoms and respect for the law in recent years”. He highlighted “worrying trends”, including attacks targeting the LGBT community. And Heather Conley, a former State Department diplomat responsible for Europe, pointed out that both countries should be held accountable and that consideration should be given to whether they were suitable places for US troops.
On the other hand, Dalibor Rohacz, an analyst at the conservative think-tank American Enterprise Institute, said that although “many American leaders from the conservative right are sympathetic to the current governments in Poland and Hungary,” it is worth noting that these countries are moving towards authoritarianism.
The US Helsinki Commission, or rather the Commission for Security and Co-operation in Europe, is a congressional body composed of politicians from both houses of the American parliament. He deals with human rights, democracy and other topics related to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The US Congress is the highest representative body and primary legislative body in the United States. Its seat is the Capitol. The Congress is currently made up of the 100-person Senate and the 435-person House of Representatives.