Sikorski resigns following eavesdropping revelations

Rados?aw Sikorski [Polish government]

Three Polish ministers and a household name in Brussels, Rados?aw Sikorski, the speaker of parliament and former foreign minister, resigned Wednesday (10 June) following an eavesdropping scandal that has rocked Poland’s centre-right government. EURACTIV Poland contributed to this article.

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said yesterday that three ministers connected to a high-profile eavesdropping scandal have tendered their resignations.

Treasury minister W?odzimierz Karpi?ski, sport minister Andrzej Biernat and health minister Bartosz Ar?ukowicz will step down.

Parliamentary speaker Rados?aw Sikorski has also offered his resignation, she said.

Poland was rocked last year by a scandal involving secret recordings of government officials making derogatory comments about domestic and international allies.

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The audio recordings published by Wprost magazine in June 2014, contain extracts of a meeting between central bank Governor Marek Belka and then-interior minister Bart?omiej Sienkiewicz.

Sikorski, foreign minister at the time, is heard describing David Cameron as “incompetent” and saying the British prime minister had “f***ed up” in Europe.

The scandal had died down, but reemerged with a vengeance this week, after somebody at the prosecutor’s office leaked confidential investigation documents.

“In the name of Civic Platform, I would like to apologise to the voters for what they have heard in the recordings of conversations of Civic Platform politicians that were made publicly available,” said Kopacz, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

The ruling Civil Platform plarty is in dire straits after Andrzej Duda, from the conservative Law and Justice party, which is affiliated with the European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) political family, won the presidential elections on 25 May, beating outgoing president Bronis?aw Komorowski. Parliamentary elections are due in October.

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