PM to present pandemic report, Ombudsman to be appointed on Oct 20

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will present a report on the condition of the country amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Tuesday's session of the lower house of parliament, Ryszard Terlecki, a deputy Sejm speaker, said on Friday.

The news was confirmed by Włodzimierz Czarzasty, also a deputy Sejm speaker and leader of the left-wing Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) opposition party.

He announced that the sitting's agenda may also include a bill with epidemic regulations for medical staff authored by Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

Commenting on the bill, he said that it included solutions originally proposed by the left, especially regarding face masks and wage hikes for medical personnel.

On Friday, PM Morawiecki wrote on his Facebook profile that in addition to the fight against coronavirus, there is also a "flood" of fake news, and called for an end to the spreading of unconfirmed information. Mateusz Morawiecki gave his assurance that all the government's actions are aimed at minimising the death toll.

On Tuesday, October 20, the Sejm will also elect a new civil rights ombudsman. As it stands, Adam Bodnar, whose tenure ended on September 9, is still acting as Ombudsman.

Due to the drawn-out process of naming the new person for that seat, the Venice Commission expressed concern about the risk of paralysis of the institution in Poland. Its statement issued on Monday read the continuation of this office is of the "utmost importance".