Oppositions calls for sitting of National Security Council

"As the government has done nothing in parliament to keep us informed about what is happening and what its plans are, I have asked the president to urgently convene the National Security Council," said Budka. Mateusz Marek/PAP

The leader of Poland’s main opposition party has appealed to the president to convene a special meeting of the country’s National Security Council because the government is failing to keep people informed about its fight against the pandemic.

Borys Budka, leader of Civic Platform, made the appeal to Andrzej Duda just hours after the government caught some off guard by announcing a swath of strict new virus counter measures.

"As the government has done nothing in parliament to keep us informed about what is happening and what its plans are, I have asked the president to urgently convene the National Security Council," said Budka.

At a press conference in parliament Budka also appealed to the government to come up with a draft law aimed at providing protection to Poles affected by government-introduced restrictions.

According to the PO leader, the National Security Council "is a place where one should receive reliable and truthful information about the government's future plans, but also about the real situation in the health service, whether the government will maintain this actual lockdown not for several days, but for long months."

The council is a constitutional advisory body appointed by the president. It comprises the speakers of both houses of parliament, the prime minister, deputy prime ministers, the ministers of foreign affairs, defence, internal affairs and administration as well as the leaders of the Sejm (lower house) parliamentary caucuses. The council devotes its sittings to the internal and external security of the state.