Poland mulls new crisis laws to better protect society

2019-06-19 12:45 update: 2019-06-22, 13:22
Jaroslaw Zielinski. PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Jaroslaw Zielinski. PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Due to the nature of contemporary threats, Poland is planning to create an efficient and comprehensive national protection and civil defence system, Deputy Interior and Administration Minister Jaroslaw Zielinski has told PAP.

Zielinski said civil protection and civil defence bills have already been drafted and are now being updated and consulted. He expressed hope that the current parliament will be able to process them before its term expires this autumn.

Zielinski said the issues had not been regulated for years, but have been on the ruling Law and Justice party's programme, similarly to the already-passed anti-terrorist laws.

The drafts will be sent to the government in a few days’ time and then to the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, Zielinski went on to say.

Among the hazards that the new laws are designed to neutralise, Zielinski named natural disasters, technical failures, hybrid war and cyber threats.

Marek Bienkowski, a senior official with the Supreme Audit Office, an inspection body for government entities, told a Sejm committee last week that immediate improvement was required in the civil protection area "as part of crisis management and civil defence systems." (PAP)