Polish president sends bill on administration cutbacks to constitutional court

Polish president Bronisław Komorowski has sent the government bill foreseeing employment cutbacks in government agencies by 10 per cent over the next three years to the constitutional court.

Rumors that the president might not sign the bill had emerged yesterday morning and were confirmed by the presidential office in the afternoon. A minister of state in the president’s office declared that the president had decided to let the bill be scrutinised by the court as he thought it violated the constitutional rights of the employees (a question heavily discussed by constitutional experts). Furthermore, he refrained from vetoing the bill as the government led by Mr Komorowski’s party colleague, prime minister Donald Tusk, does not dispose of the majority of 3/5 of deputies to pass it again and a presidential veto would have thus meant the ‘death’ of the bill.

The government has not officially commented on the president’s decision yet, even though the responsible minister, Michał Boni, has been quoted saying that he did not understand the president’s doubts.

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