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Lustration checks of 40 thousand of civil servants begin in Poland

Jun 27, 2023

On June 27, the process of lustration checks of about 40,000 civil servants began in Poland.

This was reported by RMF FM.

Within seven days, starting on June 27, the heads of those subject to verification must provide the Institute of National Remembrance (INR) with lists of all employees born before August 1, 1972.

From now on, the INP has five months to verify the data on these people. If evidence is found of their collaboration with the secret services of the communist Polish People's Republic (PiR), the officials will automatically lose their jobs and be banned from working in the administration.


Officials over the age of 51 have 30 days to submit their vetting declarations. If they fail to do so or confirm cooperation with the communist regime, this will also result in the loss of their jobs within 15 days thereafter, automatically and without the possibility of appeal.

According to government estimates, every third civil servant will be subject to vetting, and together with other civil servants, about 40,000 people will be subject to vetting. The new legislation does not evaluate the truthfulness of declarations, but the state archives concerning citizens.

Representatives of the INP admit that 3,000 people have already made statements in which they admitted to cooperating with the NRP. It is not known how many of them still work in the offices. They will lose their jobs, even if they have worked there for 15-20 years.

Author - Olena Madiak, 27/06/2023

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