Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Report on Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau ready

Julia Pitera, the government’s plenipotentiary for fighting corruption, said that she will hand over her report assessing the actions of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) to the PM this week.

She did not want to reveal any details of its contents, however.

PM Donald Tusk announced at the end of November that his meeting with CBA head Mariusz Kaminski will happen only after he receives Pitera’s report.

Pitera is a former head of the Polish branch of anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International.

The PM stressed that the report is to show which regulations of the CBA law are conducive to fighting corruption, which did not perform well under the previous government and which persons in the bureau turned out not be useful.

Tusk called his own trust in the CBA “limited”.

Mariusz Kamienski, appointed by the previous Law and Justice government - which critics say had been politicized to expose opponents of that government - claims that Pitera is staging an unprecedented attack on the CBA and submitted a private bill of indictment against her last week.

The CBA was the idea of the previous ruling Law and Justice party; it was to fight corruption in public and private spheres and has been operating since June 2006.

Critics say that the Bureau concentrated on ‘show’ arrests to make a political point, instead of fighting corruption.