11:29 May. 3, 2016
Ruling party Chairman claims the constitution to be changed every 20 years
Poland may soon get a new Constitution.
In a speech on the eve of the 225th celebration of Poland's first written constitution, Law and Justice ruling party leader and co-founder Jaroslaw Kaczyński stated "the constitution must be verified every twenty years", hinting "next year will be a 20th anniversary of Poland's contemporary basic law."
"We might not find enough support to change the constitution during this term, but it's time to start the work. We can ask Poles if they prefer Poland that we've all seen or the one that's ahead of us," said Kaczyński.
Ruling party's chairman presumes the issue might be solved through referendum.
In early April, the European Parliament doubted Poland's democracy stating it was imperiled by the constitutional standoff, highlighting alarm across Europe over "Law and Justice" push for greater state control. The resolution was initiated by the European People's Party (the largest group in the European Parliament) together with the Party of European Socialists. It was backed by several other parties, including the Liberals and Greens. The resolution passed with 513 votes for, 142 against and 30 abstentions.
Poland in turn called the resolution "absurd, damaging, non-credible, and counter-productive", insisting the document was a result of the Polish opposition's pressure to European institutions.