We are ready for law revealing fortunes of politicians’ families: ruling party leader

Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said on Tuesday that the party is ready to introduce a law allowing possessions of politicians’ families to be revealed.

During the election rally in Słupsk, northern Poland, the leader of the party said that the bill would concern “people who are in charge of ruling Poland.” He named MPs, ministers, provincial governors and their deputies as well as provincial marshals and their deputies.

Mr Kaczyński added that it will be necessary to establish a special state committee to “precisely examine it, because current methods are too weak.”

“It will be necessary to reveal the sources of their wealth and if they have some expensive items or real estates, because it is also very important,” the leader of PiS explained.

“We will propose it and we believe that Mr Schetyna [the leader of opposition Civic Platform] will support it,” Mr Kaczyński said.

The issue of revealing possessions of politicians, their spouses and members of their families was brought up after publications of the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily, reporting that in 2002, the incumbent Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki bought 15 hectares of land for PLN 700,000 (EUR 163,000). The paper alleges that a surveyor had valued the land to have been worth four million PLN (EUR 930,000) back in 1999.

In 2006 the Internal Security Agency (ABW) questioned Mr Morawiecki on the transaction. He testified that he had been informed about the land by Wrocław Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz. According to a statement made by the PM’s Office the land is now the sole property of the PM’s wife.

The PM said on Tuesday that he and his wife “have nothing to hide,” and he “would welcome regulations allowing them to reveal the whole of their fortune.”