The European Commission (EC), the EU's executive arm, will scrutinise Poland's new media legislation to determine if it complies with EU law, an EC vice-president has said.
Poland's Senate rejected an amendment to the radio and television broadcasting law on Thursday, sending it back to the Sejm (lower house).
President Andrzej Duda has made it clear that he is ready to veto the new radio and television law in its current form over its potential negative impact on economic freedom and freedom of speech, Duda's chief aide has said.
A senior member of Law and Justice (PiS), the dominant party in Poland’s governing coalition, has suggested the president may not approve of a new media law that lies at the centre of an international controversy over media freedom in Poland.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has defended a recent re-vote on the country's new media law saying such activities are “ normal practice” in parliaments around the world.
America's Discovery group, the owner of TVN, announced on Thursday that it will take legal action against the Polish authorities in connection with the passage of a new media law which could block a broadcasting licence extension for TVN's news channel TVN24.
A European Commission spokesperson for competition has stated that a new Polish media bill and the evaluation of Poland's National Recovery Plan are two separate issues.
The Polish prime minister has invited US experts to analyse both a new media bill and the amended Administrative Procedure Code adopted by Poland's parliament in order to fully understand their aims.
The Polish Sejm (lower house) on Wednesday night voted in a controversial media act said to be aimed against a US-owned TV broadcaster in Poland.
The Polish Sejm (lower house) in a reassumption vote on Wednesday decided to resume an earlier-adjourned sitting, which is to vote on a controversial media law.