Saturday, June 16, 2007

ORLEN investigation reactivation?

Coalition members have difficulties in reaching a consensus on a possible reactivation of ORLEN investigating commission.

“We do not agree to reactivate the parliamentary commission to investigate PKN Orlen affair,” head of Law and Justice (PiS) club Marek Kuchciński said. According to Kuchciński, all political powers should be concentrated on the issue of the European Treaty.

“I confirm that during coalition talks these matters were discussed, but now there is no agreement form our side to re-summon the Orlen commission,” Kuchciński added.

Earlier, Deputy PM and Education Minister Roman Giertych said that the League of Polish Families (LPR) will table a motion to reactivate the investigating commission concerning PKN Orlen because it is “a moral obligation to clarify the case to the end”, and that this matter was to be negotiated during coalition talks.

LPR instantly reacted to PiS refusal towards the idea: “If Law and Justice withdraws from the re-summoning the commission, LPR support for PiS candidate for the head of Poland’s Supreme Chamber of Control (NIK) will be brought into question,” vice president of the party Wojciech Wierzejski said.

The commission to investigate the PKN Orlen affair was first summoned by Poland’s Parliament of the previous term in July 2004. Its direct goal was to investigate the circumstances of taking into custody the then president of Orlen Andrzej Modrzejewski in 2002.

During the works of the commission many threads emerged concerning for example oil industry and the so called ‘fuel affair’.

In the ending report the commission demanded putting in front of the Stare Tribunal, among others: former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski, PM Leszek Miller, ministers Wiesław Kaczmarek and Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz.